BY APB Staff on 27 Nov 2020

The four-day event ran from Nov 20-23 in Wuyan Bay, with a combined online and offline format

The China (Xiamen) International Boat Show has successfully concluded its 13th edition, which ran from November 20-23, 2020 at Wuyan Bay harbour.

Yachts, boating equipment and accessories from global brands were unveiled during the four-day marine and trade show, with a particular focus on the newest and the most innovative industry developments.

Due to the impact of the ongoing Covid epidemic, no overseas visitors were in attendance at Xiamen this year, with the show opting for a combined online and offline format.

Despite the lack of foreign guests, representatives from the International Federation of Boat Show Organisers, the Italian Marine Industry Association and the Italian Superyacht Association all sent videos to express greetings to the Xiamen International Boat Show organisers during the event.

During the show’s opening ceremony, speeches were made by Wu Qiang, executive vice president of China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry, and Lin Xiaoxiong, president of Yacht Industry Development Association of Fujian, secretary of the Party Committee and chairman of Xiamen R&B Group.

The Xiamen International Boat Show was held as one of over 50 activities arranged to mark Xiamen’s local ‘World Ocean Week’, which ran from November 20-26, 2020. The annual week-long event has been running since 2005, and places focus on marine technology innovation, industrial communication and cultural exchange.

The boat show’s online exhibition platform, launched at the end of September, was based on web and WeChat applets, designed to bring together global representatives of the industry. At the show’s conclusion in mid-November, there were 165 online exhibitors with more than 300 exhibits on the platform.

The ‘offline’ portion of the Xiamen International Boat Show this year saw exhibitions that focused not only showing boats, but also embracing the merits of coastal tourism.

A total of more than ten exhibitors from countries including the United Kingdom, South Korea, New Zealand, Japan and Sri Lanka participated in the offline exhibition this year, with over 40 yachts of various types exhibited in the exhibition area, and more than 60 OP and TOPPER for youth sailing competitions. Some 20 large sailing ships performed sail-pasts during the show.

In a bid to draw attention to the joys of the sailing lifestyle, the Boat Show arranged a sailing ‘carnival’;  giving away thousands of free tickets for a ‘sailing experience’ at sea in the months leading up to the event.

Mr. Yang Weidi from the 70.8 Ocean Media Laboratory of Xiamen University was also invited to share stories about scientific ocean expeditions and ocean photography with several young reporters, before leading them to set sail in Wuyan Bay.