Cannes boat show ends on upbeat note (24 September 2013)

Satisfaction stems from the increasingly international nature of the show

The 36th Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes, held from September 10-15 in bright and sunny weather conditions, ended on an optimistic note. “We are definitely upbeat,” said Jean-François Fountaine, president of FIN, the French Nautical Federation that runs the boat show. The feeling was echoed by show manager Sylvie Ernoult, who told IBI: “The season has started well and our boat show has accomplished all that we wanted.”

There was good feedback from the professionals who exhibited 550 boats, 150 of them new. “Our exhibitors, shipyards and dealers are delighted with the quality of the visitors and new contacts made. They all agree on this, both at the Vieux Port (new boats) and at Port Canto (brokerage).” A large part of Ernoult’s satisfaction comes from the very international aspect of the Cannes show.

This year 85 per cent of boats exhibited and over 50 per cent of the 50,000 visitors (up seven per cent on the previous year) were foreigners. “The boat show is a success, thanks to people who have come from the four corners of the world,” said Yann Masselot, head of Lagoon (Beneteau Group). (, 24 September 2013)

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