It was “Farewell to hanseboot” at the end of this final Hamburg Boat Show, held for 9 days from 28 October to 5 November at the B-site of Hamburg Messe und Congress. Some 76,000 visitors took the opportunity to immerse themselves again in the fascinating world of watersports, presented in all its facets by 520 exhibitors.
“Many of our exhibitors and visitors remained loyal to hanseboot for years and years,” says Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. “Let me say how grateful we are to them. It was certainly not an easy decision to discontinue hanseboot. That decision was made after very careful consideration of all the business aspects. Sometimes it is necessary to leave the old paths in order to find new ones. We will now meet the wishes of many boat exhibitors by setting up a new in-water boat show in 2019, as a Yacht Festival in the Port of Hamburg. Starting next year, we will also expand the hanseboot ancora boat show in Neustadt/Holstein.”
Bigger hanseboot ancora boat show in Neustadt/Holstein
Next year the hanseboot ancora boat show will be held for the ninth time at the ancora marina / Neustadt, from 25 to 27 May 2018, with an even bigger format. Next spring’s show will for the first time include exhibition halls on the ancora marina site, in addition to the pavilions along the harbour basin. “The end of hanseboot in Hamburg does not have any negative impact on the hanseboot ancora boat show. On the contrary – we have decided together with Hamburg Messe und Congress to increase the scope of our successful spring show,” says Oliver Seiter, Managing Director of ancora marina. And Heiko Zimmermann, hanseboot Project Director, adds that “the hanseboot ancora boat show will be enlarged next year, adding a trade show for equipment and accessories in the exhibition hall. That means we can also appeal to the trade audience, and keep Germany’s biggest in-water boat show on course for success.”
Yacht Festival planned in the Port of Hamburg for 2019
That will be followed by an exciting double in 2019 – at the end of May, the hanseboot ancora boat show will celebrate its tenth anniversary in Neustadt/Holstein, and at the beginning of October (2 to 6 October), the new Yacht Festival will be held in the Port of Hamburg, planned in cooperation with the City of Hamburg. “Hamburg continues to be an attractive venue for a watersport show. We are confident that the planned event will enrich Hamburg with yet another attraction,” says Bernd Aufderheide.
hanseboot ancora boat show 2018 in Neustadt/Holstein from 25 to 27 May.