The Busan International Boat Show 2015 will be taking place at the Busan Exhibition & Convention Center (BEXCO) and the Suyeongman Bay Yachting Center from September 17th to the 20th.
Starting this year, the festival will be held under the title, “Busan International Boat Show,” instead of “Busan International Boat Industry Expo,” with the aim of popularizing marine leisure activities and expanding the scope of the related industry. Also, it will be held simultaneously with a global marine leisure festival called KIMA Week 2015.
Armed with rich resources for marine tourism, Busan is the hub of shipbuilding and maritime industries and is home to Korea’s largest yachting facility, Suyeongman Bay Yachting Center, as well as the North Port Marina, which is currently under construction. The coastal city is newly emerging as the “maritime capital” and the center of Korea’s marine leisure industry.
The boat show recorded about 12,000 visitors last year, with 822 exhibition booths set up by 120 companies from 7 different countries. A survey conducted after its closure showed that there were a total of 495 business contracts, which amounted to about KRW 125.9 billion in consulting contract prices. It received praise for the excellent results of the first year, and efforts will be made this year to help the participating enterprises branch out overseas by inviting foreign buyers and holding an export consulting event.
Also, there are plans to hold the Korea International Marine Leisure (KIMA) Week at the same time, in connection with the International Conference, International Dragon Boat Championships, and Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). The aim of developing the package program is to attract tourists traveling by cruise ships and to expand the marine leisure industry.
A representative of the Secretariat for the Busan International Boat Show said, “BEXCO, which will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of its establishment this coming December, has supervised countless exhibitions and expositions. Using our know-how and experience, we will provide omnidirectional support for the boat show, which has become a strategic event of Busan, to help the participating enterprises expand into the overseas markets and to lift the domestic economy out of recession.”
Source: Busan City News
Image: Busan International Boat Show
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