Genoa International Boat Show certifies the excellent health of the Italian yachting industry

The 62nd Genoa International Boat Show recorded 103,812 visitors, a 10.7% increase over 2021. The September 2022 edition saw the participation of 998 brands, presenting over 1,000 boats and 168 new products. This year, the leading nautical show in the Mediterranean area presented itself with a revamped layout, looking ahead to the complete renovation of the Levante Waterfront, redesigned by Architect Renzo Piano. Starting next year, the Levante Waterfront will provide the event with new docks, onshore exhibition spaces, accommodation, services, and underground parking.

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Sanlorenzo SP110, winner of the Design Innovation Award

“The yachting industry is proudly flying the Made in Italy flag with a 360° view,” commented Marina Stella, General Director of Confindustria Nautica, “an aspect we honor with the Design Innovation Awards.” Moreover, the Genoa Boat Show is not only a place for trade. Starting this year, the Show has embarked on a path of sustainability, which begins today with the measurement of the event’s carbon footprint, in order to plan the most effective actions to reduce the environmental footprint to zero.

Discover Sanlorenzo SD96 yacht

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The interiors of Sanlorenzo SP110, winner of the Design Innovation Award

The yachting industry is on the upswing

Figures show that the Italian yachting industry enjoys excellent health. The sector’s overall turnover rose from 4.6 billion in 2020 to an impressive 6.1 billion in 2021. The increase compared to the previous year was +31.1%: an extraordinary figure that does not only compensate for the slight drop recorded in 2020 but also brings the sector’s turnover to almost the same level as during the record two-year period of 2007-2008.

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Bluegame BG54

Among the decisive factors fueling this growth is export of shipbuilding production, which in the sliding year ending March 2022 reached an all-time high of 3.37 billion euros, with the USA as the leading market for our yards. Other determining factors are the order books of Italian yacht and superyacht yards, which for many operators even cover the next three years, and the excellent performance of the boating accessories and engines sectors.

Design Innovation Award 2022

Also in 2022 the Genoa International Boat Show handed out the Design Innovation Awards established by the Confindustria Nautica and I Saloni Nautici. The aim of the awards is to support excellence across the yachting industry by promoting visibility of exhibitors through their latest products.

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Design Innovation Award ceremony and gala dinner

The Genoa International Boat Show 2022 had several sponsors and technical partners: MERCEDES-BENZ as the event’s Official Car; EBERHARD & Co. as the event’s Official Timepiece; Main Sponsors: BANCA CARIGE, FASTWEB and IREN; Sponsors: FREE TO X, SARA ASSICURAZIONI and GEBERIT; Technical Partners: EUTHALIA, FLEX, RINA and INGEMAR; Clothing Partner: HELLY HANSEN; Environmental Partner: AMIU.