Around 2,000 exhibitors from 73 countries on board
For the opening ceremony of its 50th anniversary, boot Düsseldorf ventured onto the ice rink of the "DEG Winterwelt" on Königsallee.
On Friday evening, January 18th, at 18:30, Marine Lieutenant Colonel Wolf rang in the 50th boot Düsseldorf in traditional style with a ship's bell. Beforehand, a youth team of Düsseldorf's ice hockey club DEG demonstrated their skating skills and gave away some boot Düsseldorf presents to the audience. Afterwards, Fortuna and DEG stadium speaker André Scheidt welcomed the special guests, Mayor Thomas Geisel, boot President Robert Marx, Trade Fair Director Werner Dornscheidt and boot Düsseldorf Director Petros Michelidakis. Following their brief opening speeches boot Düsseldorf 2019 was officially opened with the traditional "ribbon cutting".
Spectacular laser show
At the end of the traditional opening ceremony a spectacular laser show displayed exciting scenes from the world of watersports and inspired the audience to go out to "sea" for themselves. The ceremony was rounded off by the rock cover band "Jim Buttons", creating an atmosphere with a choice of popular songs from rock history.
On the occasion of its anniversary, boot Düsseldorf looks splendid and shines with record numbers. With around 2,000 exhibitors from 73 countries, boot Düsseldorf will once again be presenting a unique variety of products that is second to none. 1,500 sailing and motor boats will have their temporary home port at boot Düsseldorf. The high internationality of both exhibitors and visitors characterise the fair. Water sports enthusiasts from over 100 countries are expected in Düsseldorf during the nine days of the fair. This makes boot Düsseldorf not only a spectacle for visitors from the region, but also a recognised international industry event with B2B character.
Luxury Tenders and Chase Boats are in vogue
The luxury segment at boot Düsseldorf is bigger this year than ever before. Luxury tenders and chase boats are very much in vogue. Among the top suppliers in this class are, for example, Sacs, Wally and Skipper. But also large serial manufacturers such as Fairline, Princess, Cranchi, Fjord and many more will present their innovations in this segment in Halls 5, 6 and 7a. But if you do not want to or cannot invest in your own large yacht, the topic "Fractional Ownership" is interesting for you. The sailing halls, which are still the heart of boot Düsseldorf even after 50 years, are also fully booked. The well-known shipyards are on board with boats of all sizes and classes. A trend towards large sailing yachts seems to be emerging among the exhibitors' presentations. On January 3rd, for example, an Oyster 675 from Southampton headed for Düsseldorf on the largest pontoon ever used to transport boats to the fair.
boot Düsseldorf sparks wanderlust
For the first time this year, the Inland Waterways Association presents itself with 14 participating nations. The joint stand in Hall 14 will provide a comprehensive overview of relaxing canal and river cruises along charming landscapes. A form of boating holidays that will help to slow down the hectic pace of everyday life. Current travel trends, tips for exotic diving destinations or sailing trips round off the 360-degree experience of the fair perfectly. Whether in Hall 3 with its diving destinations, in Hall 8a, where the best surf destinations show their hotspots, or in Travel World in Hall 13, where travel destinations present themselves with attractive offers for watersports, boot 2019 definitely sparks wanderlust.
Boardsports on the rise
Hall 3 with the dive center in the style of a Pacific diving center is the Mecca of the diving world. The best summer diving climate prevails here on nine trade fair days in the middle of the Central European winter. Leading manufacturers such as Aqualung, Suunto, Cressi, Garmin and Mares will be showing their latest products under real underwater conditions in the diving tower and pool. Surfing and boardsports are also booming and Hall 8a is fully booked as well! For the first time after a long dry spell, many well-known manufacturers are on board, not least dragged to boot Düsseldorf by attractions like "THE WAVE" and the 65-metre long flatwater pool. Watch spectacular tow-in windsurfing with crazy jumps or the wave pros on the giant stationary wave "THE WAVE".
If you want to take it easier or if you want to excite your family for canoeing, you should definitely plan a visit to the "World of Paddling" in Hall 13 on the fair. In addition to a first canoe tour, there are also interesting tips from experts for this inexpensive, active and family-friendly sport. And also anglers will get their money's worth on the boot Düsseldorf. The indoor pond in the Sportfishing Center in Hall 13 invites trade fair visitors to try out the latest equipment and take their first steps in fly fishing.