AMSTERDAM – Nearly 90 percent of the available exhibition floor space at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) 2004 has already been reserved and attendance is expected to be strong amongst marine industry suppliers, according to a release today from show organizers.
The 17th edition of the show, which will be held at the Amsterdam RAI Nov. 16-18, will have at least 900 exhibitors, estimated organizers. A survey conducted by an independent British market research agency, Arbor Intelligence, said more than 83 percent of the world’s 250 largest suppliers to the leisure marine industry will be taking part in METS 2004, organizers reported.
“The sales campaign for the 2004 show was started immediately after the previous edition ended,” said product manager Farouk Nefzi. “During METS 2003, a great many exhibitors confirmed that they would be taking part again this year. We can now concentrate on achieving the aims we announced last year, namely improving the quality of the show still further. We do not wish to increase the size of the show, but we do wish to offer an exhibition program of even higher quality.”
Several new features have been added to this year’s show, including a complement to the annual METS Design Award that will allow all winners and short-listed firms to give brief presentations of their new products. Another new feature will be the Composites Conference for yacht builders, designers and marine architects, according to organizers.
Further details for METS 2004 can be found at www.metstrade.com. The site also allows METS exhibitors to post their own news.