05.04.2016 16:15

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, waterfront development.

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 economic growth”.

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 to accelerate.

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 healthy future.

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.