ON THE MOVE
With just two clear days before the start of
the 21st China (Shanghai) International Boat Show (CIBS) we can
announce this will be the last show – at the current venue!
Like many aquatic organisms, as it grows CIBS
has to find a new larger home and while the show and exhibitors have been well
served over the past few years at it current venue, it has once again
outstripped its current accommodation.
The 22nd China (Shanghai)
International Boat Show will be held at Shanghai New International Expo Center,
already the venue for some of Shanghai’s largest shows such as the Auto Show,
Hotelex and many others in a custom built facility right next to Shanghai’s
Inner Ring Highway.
So what of this year’s show?
As always CIBS, the “Navigator of Asian Leisure
Boating”, encourages exhibitors across the whole spectrum of the yachting
supply chain, OEM, builders, after-market accessories and product types around
the periphery that go together to make up the typical water leisure lifestyle.
This year’s shows sees 38 new models making
their debut in China, world circumnavigators Guo Chuan and Zhai Mo visiting to
encourage those with nautical ambitions and a greater number of boats for those
who do not fall into the category “super-rich” than ever before.
A number of forums and/or seminars will be
held over the course of the show exploring subjects such as yacht design,
There will eb water-craft from Kayaks,
through Jet-skis, small and medium sail and motor boats to luxury yachts. If
you want to paddle it, sail it, drive it, relax on it or entertain on it, there
will be a boat to meet your needs at eh China (Shanghai) International Boat
Show this coming weekend and with a large on the water element, even the chance
to see some the larger examples in their natural environment.
China is changing from an export driven economy
(which grew by US4.6Tr last year) to a consumer led economy, the “new engine of
The middle class is exploding, people are
less fearful of a sun-tan, and having a light skin is seen as a measure of
wealth much less than before, especially amongst the young professionals. The
outdoor leisure industry is growing and many more people have the time, the
money AND the motivation to enjoy it.
Shanghai is a city which, not so many years
ago was all about growing wealth, now the city fathers are actively encouraging
their citizens to ‘growth their health’. All the conditions are in place for
the growth of water leisure, not only to continue growing, but for that wealth
Several provinces are at various stages in
the discussion, planning and building of public marinas bringing down the cost
of keeping a boat into the realms of the middle class all leading to a growing
interest in boat ownership.
All the signs are that water leisure and
boating, along with all aspects of the associated industries are set for a
It is a much overused expression but at the
Shanghai Boat there is literally “something for all the family” .
Exciting times in China.
The China (Shanghai) international Boat Show
runs from Thursday 7th April to Sunday 10th April it the
Shanghai World Exhibition & Convention Center with the on the water display
at Shanghai International Shipping Service Center on the north Bund extending
through to 13th April.