Barcelona International Boat Show expands for 2018

By David Robinson
Wed Oct 10 2018, 14:49 PM

Event will be 8% larger than 2017 with more boats, exhibitors and new events

More boats, exhibitors and a larger display area all reflect the strategy of the Barcelona International Boat Show (BIBS) to enhance its position as one of Spain’s leading marine leisure events. The 2018 BIBS, its 57th edition, will be 8% larger compared to last year and its main themes are identified as innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.

BIBS 2018, which opens today and runs until October 14, is located at Marina Port Vell. The show is organised by Fira de Barcelona in partnership with ANEN (the Spanish National Association of Nautical Companies).

As a new departure for 2018, the first Nautic Tech International Investment Forum will be held. This is a competition involving 35 national and international start-ups linked to the nautical industry. Also being held is the second edition of the Professional Meetings sessions, a series of meetings to promote business contacts among professionals within the nautical sector.

The 57th edition of the show will include more than 120 new products comprising boats, engines, electronics and other equipment and systems. There will be a strong emphasis on the latest technology and the increasing part that it is playing both in the manufacture of boats, equipment and systems and in their operation. Among the new products are over 10 models nominated for ‘Best European Boat of the Year’.

BIBS 2018 has around 700 boats of all sizes, of which over 170 are afloat. The number of stands has been increased this year to 275, extending across an exhibition area of 25,400sq m. Apart from the new boats afloat, there will be a brokerage area containing pre-owned yachts from 18m-39m (59ft-99ft).

There will be a large mix of both domestic brands such as Astondoa, De Antonia Yachts and Rodman Yachts, and international brands such as Hanse, Dufour, Fontaine Pajot, the Beneteau brands, Sunseeker, Bavaria, Solaris, Azimut, Bayliner, Pardo Yachts and Quicksilver, to name a few.

To promote boating in Spain, BIBS 2018 will include an extensive programme of activities and experiences to promote sailing.