Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Croatia Online - Zagreb Boat Show

Here's Croatia Online's editor and co-author of the Croatia Cruising Companion keeping a close eye on the Marina Facility Solutions stand at the Zagreb Boat Show.
The show finished on Sunday and the contents of the stand were dismantled, loaded up and driven back to Kaštela on Monday, so it's back to the day job today.
You can read more about the show on http://www.croatiacruisingcompanion.blogspot.com/ but we found it to be a refreshing change from Split's April show - shorter, more "functional", indoors but very airy, and a much greater variety of exhibits which, in turn, attracted a wider audience. The organisation was also great with setting up and dismantling going like clockwork though I guess it helps that this is a purpose built exhibition space rather than Split's harbour and Riva area.
According to today's press release from the show, both visitors and exhibitors were 10% up on last year - a total of 33,000 and 512 respectively. Also up 10% was the exhibition space - 27,000 square metres in 10 pavilions.
From our point of view, some good new contacts were made, some firm enquiries registered, 24 books sold, and 42 copies of Time Out's Visitors' Guide to Croatia were snapped up.


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