Sail-World.com : Les Nauticales Boat Show to take place at La Ciotat Marina
Les Nauticales Boat Show to take place at La Ciotat Marina
The 2013 Les Nauticales Boat Show will take place from 20th – 25th March 2013 at the La Ciotat marina where more than 200 exhibitors are expected, in 45,000 sq.m. of exhibition space. 200 boats will be presented afloat, out of the 600 on display in the show. Themed spaces will be available to all visitors, as well as several demonstrations.
With his 20 World Record titles, Antoine Albeau is the second most decorated French sportsman in all categories. Antoine was named Seaman of the Year by the Fédération Française de Voile (French Sailing Federation) in 2010, before many recognised and well-known sailors. After having attained his twentieth World Funboard Champion title in October, Antoine flew to Namibia to try to beat the world speed record for windsurfing. After several runs at over 50 knots, he beat the world record by reaching the incredible speed of 52.05 knots (96.39km/h or 59.89mph) over fifty metres. The world’s press announced the news. A legend in the world of watersports, and of the sea in general, Antoine will come back from Hawaii specially to take his place as patron of Nuiticales 2013.
Organised by the Marseilles Provence Metropole District Council, the centre for pleasure boating in France, Les Nauticales boat show will be held for the 11th time at La Ciotat from 20th – 25th March 2013. The first floating boat show of the year, Les Nauticales offers the chance to discover and try out some of the new models presented at the big European winter boat shows, such as le Nautic de Paris (France) and Boot-Düsseldorf (Germany). A real opportunity, and a great strategic position on the annual meetings schedule, both for lovers of the sea and for the press who will be able to see the stars of the future afloat. The aim of Les Nauticales: to reinforce its position as the fourth national show, and to become The Euro-Mediterranean Spring In-Water Boat Show.
An aim emphasised by M. Eugène Caselli, President of Marseilles Provence Metropole: 'Turning more than ever to the sea and the development of all the activities which can be undertaken on it, and with the creation of the Calanques National Park, Marseilles Provence Metropole confims its ambition to become the Mediterranean capital of pleasure boating and watersports. Welcome aboard! '
Marseilles Provence Metropole confirms its ambition to become the Mediterranean capital of pleasure boating and watersports. Some figures to bear this out . . .
- France’s leading centre for pleasure boating, with more than 12,500 moorings and 34 ports in its area, Marseilles Provence Metropole holds all the trumps for Mediterranean watersports
- 250 water-based events held every year, including 150 regattas
- 200 associations or clubs (forty licensed to use municipal premises by MPM) in the area
- Another important point for the development of the sector within the region is Marseilles’ strategic position in France, with its ease of access thanks to the TGV and its international MP2 Airport
- Amazing natural scenery, a pleasant climate, well-designed infrastructure
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Marseilles Provence confirms this dedication with the Refit Grande Plaisance (Great Watersports Refitting Centre) at Marseilles and La Ciotat, and can account for around 3,000 jobs and 500 businesses, with a turnover of 445,000,000 euros, representing 27% of regional watersport-based employment and 20% of regional turnover.
It has to be admitted that the development of this area, and the dynamism of MPM, contribute actively to the development of the nautical sector in the Mediterranean. Les Nauticales has fairly won its place on the board of floating boat shows in France, and more widely, across Europe.
Looking to the future, Les Nauticales 2013 will present some new aspects:
- new dates, with six days of exhibition – like the big autumn international shows
- better ways of displaying products and boats on land
- new exhibition areas on land and afloat, and the development of themed areas
- new demonstrations
- an extended communications plan, with a presence at the leading winter shows (le Nautic de Paris, Boot-Düsseldorf)
- the development of partnership deals, and public relations proposals
With its 200 exhibitors on an exceptional 30,000 square metre site in the centre of La Ciotat, with 600 boats on display of whch 200 will be afloat, Les Nauticales 2013 should reinforce its place as the fourth Boat Show in France!
Every year, more than 200 exhibitors present their new models and their new products at La Ciotat. The show which brings together all the strands of the water-sports market has designed and developed an ever-better proposal: motorboats, sailing boats, classic and modern wooden hulls, tourism afloat, the board sports village, fishing and diving areas, eco-sailing and sustainable development, engines and propulsion systems, chandlery, electronics, clubs, press . . . so for six days, visitors can explore the entire market, and gather an in-depth image of it all.
Over 80% of the pleasure boaters are local residents. 70% of the boats measure less than eight metres. These figures confirm the interest in developing and promoting the market: there is a genuine demand, and the potential for development in future years is considerable. Les Nauticales, through its comprehensive response to this, offers a great opportunity for pleasure-boat enthusiasts to gather information, to make discoveries, to kit themselves out and to acquire a boat.
It’s worth knowing that 90% of visitors are watersports enthusiasts, and 55% have their own boats. 95% of visitors are happy with Les Nauticales’ proposals, and 92 % intend to visit the next show. Finally, 80% of visitors say they have increased purchasing power (40% of senior management class) and 25% of visitors want to buy a new boat within the next twelve months.
Several entertainments are planned for visitors during the show, so as to show them the joys and pleasures of watersports. Sea trips, for as many people as possible ; trials of new materials ; launches ; demonstrations . . . all this excitement just has to be shared!
You should also know that Marseilles Provence is the European Capital of Culture for 2013 ; and accordingly La Ciotat will be humming along to the beat of the festivities, of which most will be turned towards watersports during March.
by Patricia Litou
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