Attendance on the rise
The 11 halls of the RAI Amsterdam were full again this year at the METS. 23,702 visits for 15,541 unique visitors, from 11,091 different companies in the global boating industry were registered. Trade fair attendance is up 7.5% compared to the 2015 edition of METS.
An increasingly international profile
METS continues to establish its international stature. 64% of visitors were not from the Netherlands. Italy, France and Denmark, still well represented, recorded a sharp increase in their visitor quotas. At the same time, a large influx from Russia, Poland and Switzerland is developing and is a novelty.
The international character of METS should be strengthened in the coming years, following the announcement a few months ago of the acquisition of 50% of its American counterpart IBEX by RAI Amsterdam, the organiser of METS.
A young and qualified public
The METS BtoB exhibition aims to bring companies together. The 85% of visitors with decision-making power within their companies are proof of this.
Supported by the Young Professionals Club programme set up by the organisers, attendance by young professionals in the nautical sector is up 10%. Under 35 year olds represent 22% of visitors.
1,471 companies from the nautical sector, ranging from equipment manufacturers to material suppliers and service providers, were exhibiting at METS this year. They were represented by 6,610 people.