Record attendance at Cannes Yachting Festival 2021

29.09.2021

Record attendance at Cannes Yachting Festival 2021

Record attendance at Cannes Yachting Festival 2021

Record attendance at Cannes Yachting Festival 2021

The Yacht Festival was the first yacht show in Europe to re-open its doors after the pandemic, and it should be noted that this event went especially well. All 6 days the festival was filled with energy and enthusiasm shared by all participants, visitors, partners, service providers and organizers. It brought together 575 exhibitors, 620 boats (including 141 world premieres) and 54,400 visitors, 50% of whom came from abroad, and came to admire the best French and international motor, sailing, monohull and multihull boats. The number of visitors to the 2021 festival is identical to that of 2019, which was a record year. The festival has managed to successfully fit into this year’s challenging conditions and offer a wide range of brands, new products, boat types and services. Despite travel restrictions that were introduced for some countries, the festival received not only clients from Europe, but also visitors from all over the world. The yachting festival took place on the territory of both ports of Cannes, as well as the first time, the Old Port and Port of Canto. “Our goal was to prepare and conduct the festival in the same way as in 2019, despite COVID, in terms of the number of participants, boats and visitors. If the total number of exhibitors (-7%) and boats (-4%) slightly decreased compared to 2019, then the number of boats presented as world premieres increased by 10%, while the number of visitors remained the same. We are proud and very pleased with these results. This festival presented a real challenge at every stage of its organization. We have continually taken into account new organizational constraints in the course of legislative changes, and we have worked closely and effectively with the Prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes, the Sub-Prefect of Grasse and their departments, to whom I thank. The closer the opening date got, the more we felt the motivation, enthusiasm and growing impatience of our exhibitors and visitors to meet again in Cannes. The 2021 event was incredible in terms of preparation and experience, both for them and for me and my team, it was an incredible experience. 2021 will remain unforgettable in many ways ”! – concluded Sylvie Earnoult, Director of the Yacht Festival. The port of the Old Town during this period was completely dedicated to the water transport industry with more than 480 boats from 3 to 50 meters. An entirely new space has also been created for electric or hybrid boats, with a dozen boats from Boote Marian, Candela Speed ​​Boats, E-Sense of Blue, Ecoline, Say Carbon Yachts, Vita Yachts and X-Shore, among others. vessels and a test site (which was located outside the route of the visit), in order to facilitate test drives and make the Festival safe by reducing maritime traffic within the port.

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