The Barcelona Boat Show grows 8% and provides 55,000 visitors

The recreational yachting in Spain contributes 12,000 million and generates 82,345 jobs

The Barcelona International Boat Show, which will be held from 10 to 14 October in Port Vell, will grow by 8% compared to the previous edition with 25,380 square meters, 275 exhibitors and 700 boats, and plans to attract some 55,000 visitors.

This has been explained this Wednesday at a press conference by the president of the room, Luis Conde; its director, Jordi Freixas, and the general secretary of the National Association of Nautical Companies (Anen), Carlos Sanlorenzo.

“This year we can have our heads held high, if next year we grow like this one and the previous one, we will need more space, and today we are full,” said Conde, who added that the event was held every year. Although the expectations have not always been positive.

The show, organized by Fira de Barcelona and Anen, faces its 57th edition this year presenting 120 novelties in boats, engines and electronics, and highlights a dozen models nominated for Best European Boat of the Year.

The Moll d’Espanya and the Moll de la Fusta will have a floating sample of 171 boats, including 30 catamarans and 12 light sailing vessels.


As a novelty this year, the first Nautic Tech International Investment Forum will be held, a competition in which 35 startups have participated and of which five have been selected for the final.

In addition, the Professional Meetings will take place again, during which 180 business meetings are planned among the professionals of the nautical sector.


According to the ‘Report on the economic impact of recreational boating in Spain 2017’, this sector contributes 12,000 million euros to total effective production and generates 82,345 jobs (19,700 direct) and is made up of 3,700 companies.

Catalonia and the Balearic Islands account for 37.2% of companies: in Catalonia there are 719 companies – 19.5% of the total – that generate 3,657 direct jobs (18.5%), while the Balearic Islands has 658 companies ( 17.8%) and 2,994 direct jobs (15.2%).