History of CIBS

After 25 years of development since 1996, CIBS still keeps the original intention to contribute to the development of the industry. On the way forward, CIBS does not forget to look back, we have selected some representative years for a brief review in the development of CIBS.


The 1st China International Boat Show (CIBS) was held in Portman Hotel on 8th of April. It is held once a year by China Boat Industry & Trade Association, Shanghai Association of Shipbuilding Industry, Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd. and Shanghai Science and Technology Exchange Center (SSTEC).


CIBS moved to Shanghai Exhibition Center and the area reached 15,000 sqm with more than 240 exhibitors. CIBS as the largest boat show in Asia which attracted national pavilions from France, Italy, New Zealand and Australia.


CIBS moved to Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center (SWEECC), built the foundation of being the flagship exhibition of boat and related industries in Asia. More than 500 ships were exhibited in 3,000 sqm water exhibition area. CIBS 2012 attracted 31,825 visitors for the first time. In 2014, the exhibition area has reached 50,000 sqm, the number of brands has reached 550, launched 53 new boats and had 10 national pavilions and 35,000 visitors from home and abroad.,Asian Boat Award Ceremony and the Charity Regatta have become the important events in the industry.


The 22nd China International Boat Show moved to Shanghai New International Exhibition Center and the exhibition area reached 50,000 sqm.


The Lifestyle Show, which is derived from CIBS, was held co-location with CIBS. The Lifestyle Show is combined with serval theme exhibitions for High-net-worth individuals, including water sports, lure fishing, RV camping, theme travel, luxury life, amusement facilities and outdoor sports. The Lifestyle Show innovated the traditional concept, integrated high quality resources, crossed the boundaries between sea and land and combined multi-dimensional space and cross-border exhibits.


China Shanghai International Boat Show and The Lifestyle Show move to National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai), the area reached 55,000 sqm and attracted more than 600 exhibitors and 36,000 visitors from 85 countries and regions. Over 100 on-site immersive experience events shows the contemporary high quality life and fashion leisure style for the visitors.


The 25th China (Shanghai) International Boat Show, organized by Sinoexpo Informa Markets, China Boat Industry & Trade Association, Shanghai Association of Shipbuilding Industry and Shanghai Science and Technology Exchange Center, has been successfully ended in Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center (SWEECC) on April 3rd, 2021, lasting for 3 days. The show gathered nearly 600 famous exhibitors, exhibited boat, relevant equipment and accessories, yacht clubs and related services and water sports covered whole industry chain, and attracted over 37,000 visitors.