Cannes Yachting Festival 2016, Satisfaction at the time of the assessment

Cannes Yachting Festival

Another successful edition for the organizers of the Cannes boat show. Attendance is high and international, many new features, the figures are good.

Attendance on the rise

The Cannes Yachting Festival announces a number of visitors exceeding 51,000, up slightly from the 50,101 visitors registered in 2015. The strong presence of international visitors reported by exhibitors is enough to satisfy in a political and security context that has strongly affected tourism on the Côte d'Azur.

A beneficial closing weekend

If the exhibitors questioned during our visit at the beginning of the show seemed to perceive a drop in attendance, the last two days of the Cannes boat show compensated for this mixed start. Indeed, according to the organization, half of the sales concluded during the show were during the weekend and the total number of visitors remains on the rise.

Special mention to multihulls

The Cannes Yachting Festival follows the evolution of the market and continues to offer more space to catamarans and trimarans. Beyond the preview of the Lagoon Seventy-7, there were 45 multihulls from 42 to 77 feet that could be visited at the Cannes boat show.

Test caveat

If the organization, now well oiled, has worked without major problems, we can regret some concerns for the testing of small units. Some boats, stuck in closed basins, could not leave until very late, disrupting customer and press exits from the yards. There is no doubt that the organizers will work to optimize this strong point of the show that are the tests.

The main figures

  • Attendance
    • 51,000 visitors
    • 666 journalists
  • Exhibitors
    • 530 exhibitors (60% non hexagonal)
    • 48% of exhibitors are boat builders/importers
    • 52% come from other boating sectors (equipment manufacturers, brokers, service providers, etc.)
  • Boats
    • 630 boats from 2.10 to 52m
    • 191 new boats and yachts previewed at the Yachting Festival, including 107 worldwide launches
    • 40 second-hand boats between 22m and 52m long presented at Port Pierre Canto
    • 140 units exceed 20 metres in length
    • 120 sailing boats (20%)
    • 45 multihulls, including 10 yacht engines
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