2020 calendar of BtoB boat and yachting industry trade fairs

Although boat shows for the general public are often an opportunity for meetings between boat professionals, there is nothing like BtoB events to keep the sector alive. BoatIndustry draws up a list of the main meetings for the professional actors of the yachting industry. A panorama to be enriched with your suggestions.


International Breakfast Meeting - Boot Düsseldorf

Place: Messe Düsseldorf

Date: 21/01/2020

Jointly organized by the Boot Düsseldorf and European Boating Industry (EBI) over breakfast, the International Breakfast Meeting welcomes international experts to discuss the regulatory, industrial and economic challenges facing the boating industry.



Place: Carrara (Italy)

Dates: 05/02/2020 to 07/02/2020

Aimed at shipyards and designers of pleasure boats and yachts, the Seatec show brings together equipment manufacturers and subcontractors of the nautical industry, with a significant presence of luxury goods linked to the Italian market.

Ocean BtoB

Place: Lorient

Date: 13/02/2020

Organised by Bretagne Pôle Naval, Ocean BtoB is a meeting place for all professionals linked to the sea, including the yachting and ocean racing industries. Round tables and direct exchanges are intended to strengthen and broaden the networks and knowledge of participants.


JEC World

Place: Paris-Villepinte

Dates: 03/03/2020 to 05/03/2020

Annual meeting of composite materials. This is a must-attend event for pleasure boat builders. All the latest news on resins, cores, fibres and manufacturing processes are presented here. It is also an opportunity to draw inspiration from the aeronautical, railway or automotive industries.

Maritime Career Week

Location: All of France

Dates: 20/03/2020 to 27/03/2020

An initiative of the Pôle Emploi, the maritime employment week aims to promote maritime professions throughout France, through conferences, job-datings, exhibitions, but also visits to shipyards.

Pro&Mer trade fair

Place: Lorient

Dates: 31/03/2020

Organised by Bretagne Pole Naval, the Pro&Mer trade fair enables companies and training schools in the maritime sector to meet people wishing to join the sector.

Meetings Ports and Coastal Ports

Place: To be defined

Dates: To be defined

A colloquium created in 2006, the Ports Nautisme et Littoral meetings bring together every year the private and public stakeholders of the port world in order to debate the evolutions of the sector. The event is held alternately on the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts.



Place: Lorient

Dates: 01/04/2020 to 03/04/2020

Navexpo is France's leading afloat show for professional and utility boats. Here marina managers will find companies and equipment for dredging, mooring and marina management.


National Boating and Yachting Conferences

Place: La Grande Motte

Dates: 12/05/2020 to 13/05/2020

Created in 2018 on the principle of the Assises de l'économie de la Mer, the Assises nationales du nautisme et de la plaisance aims to bring together French professionals in the sector around thematic conferences and interventions by political authorities.


Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo

Place: RAI Amsterdam

Dates 23/06/2020 to 25/06/2020

Electric propulsion is probably the major development of boating and the maritime industry in the 21st century. The Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo is establishing itself as the unmissable event on the subject, between supplier stands and technical conferences.

National Boating and Yachting Law Day

Location: Nantes

Date: 11/06/2020

Organised each year by the Legisplaisance association around a different theme dealing with the law and regulations in the nautical world, the National Day of the Law of Yachting and Boating brings together professionals, yachtsmen and the institutions behind the legislation.


NMEA Conference and Expo

Location: Orlando, Florida

Dates: 2109/2020 to 25/09/2020

Organized by the powerful NMEA, the show is dedicated to marine electronics. The NMEA Conference & Expo brings together an exhibition area, seminars, real-life navigational trials and the presentation of the NMEA Award for the best marine electronics product of the year.

International Coastal Exhibition

Location: Montpellier

Dates: 29/09/2020 to 30/09/2020

The International Coastal Exhibition brings together professionals from the world of ports and coastal development.



Location: Tampa, Florida

Dates: 29/09/2020 to 01/10/2020

The largest show for marine equipment manufacturers and suppliers in the United States, the iBEX exhibition has been taken over by the METS organisers who wish to open it up more to European professionals.


METS Trade

Place: RAI Amsterdam

Dates: 17/11/2020 to 19/11/2020

As the world's largest trade show for the boating industry, the METS has become the place to be to find out about equipment trends in the yachting and marina industries. The DAME Award The Innovation Award is presented there.

Yacht Racing Forum

Location: Portsmouth (UK)

Dates: 23/11/2020 to 24/11/2020

The Yacht Racing Forum is the big meeting place for ocean racing professionals. Mainly Anglo-Saxon, it is opening up to the French, as evidenced by the choice of Lorient to host the 2018 edition.

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