The third edition of the Versilia Yachting Rendez-vous welcomed more than 22,000 visitors this year. Taking place in Viareggio between 9-12th May, the international trade fair aimed at the high-end nautical sector showcased shipbuilding and accessories from exhibitors all around the world. Photo: Merijn de Waard / SuperYacht TimesIn terms of the demographics attending the show, there was a strong European presence, particularly from France (8.5%), Germany (6.3%) and Spain (5.3%). Visitor numbers were also high from the United States (10%) and Russia (7%), with extra-EU visitors making up 37% of foreign visitors to the show.Photo: Merijn de Waard / SuperYacht TimesOriginally created to highlight the potential of Italian excellence in the nautical industry, numerous brands which have a strong presence in Tuscany and Versilia were in attendance.Photo: Versilia Yachting RendezvousWith the show taking place over four days, 150 exhibitors brought with them 90 boats which had an average length of 32.30 metres. Numerous vessels made their debut appearances during the show including the Azimut Benetti Group's Atlantis 45 and the Solaris Power 55 from Solaris: a model designed by Brunello Acampora. In addition, the SAND marine drone prototype also made its first appearance.Photo: Versilia Yachting RendezvousIn addition, Deloitte also previewed their latest industry study during the show which was carried out with the support of Nautica Italiana. This 'Boating Market Monitor' research project, which highlights the weight of the sector in the global luxury market showed that, as of 2018, the global retail market had a value of 22 billion. Photo: Merijn de Waard / SuperYacht TimesPhoto: Merijn de Waard / SuperYacht TimesThis year's event had a particular spotlight on glamour and a packed social calendar, including the VYR Night for exhibitors which took place against the backdrop of Pietrasanta, the "Blue Night" and fireworks show, the Versilia Yachting Rendez-vous Golf Cup and more. In addition, the show also included various business-focused events, such as the B&ST - Broker and Shipyard Trading networking event organised by Navigo and a busy calendar of trade conferences arranged by Nautica Italiana.Photo: Merijn de Waard / SuperYacht TimesThe annual Rendezvous event is organised by Fiera Milano in collaboration with Nautica Italiana, with the support of the Technological District for Tuscan Nautical and Ports, the Tuscan Regional Authorities and Toscana Promozione and the Municipality of Viareggio, and the patronage of Municipality of Forte dei Marmi, Municipality of Lucca and Municipality of Pietrasanta.
Lamberto Tacoli, Nautica Italiana President commented: “The event's growth continued once again this year, both for the boats present and for the exhibitors on the ground: progress has certainly been made. The presence of President Rossi and Deputy Minister Rixi, Minister Toninell's visit and the presence of many other Regional Institutions brought an important sense of greater attention and importance to the Italian nautical sector, a sector that remains fundamental and illustrious for our country."
Photo: Merijn de Waard / SuperYacht TimesVincenzo Poerio, President of the Technological District for Tuscan Nautical and Ports said, “This edition too confirmed the validity of the Rendez-Vous project which, by its nature, is an event that involves the main Italian and foreign players in the sector. The district proposed a focus on internationalisation and development and business needs and innovation with a quay dedicated to the topic."Photo: Versilia Yachting RendezvousHe continued, "I would like to thank the President of the Tuscany Region, Enrico Rossi, for supporting the event, the partners and the institutions of Viareggio and Versilia who worked alongside NAVIGO, representatives of the district managing body”.
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