08 March 2021

The countdown has begun: only 90 days to the Venice Boat Show starting on 29 May up to 6 June 2021

Venice, 1 March 2021 – Preparations are underway for the second edition of the Venice Boat Show with the best of Italian and international boating at the Arsenale for 9 days. To date, about 130 exhibitors have registered, ranging from builders alongside ancillary accessories and equipment companies and over 150 vessels in the water.

The Arsenale is an incomparable historical context in the heart of Venice offering a 50,000 square metre water basin, over 1500 linear metres of landing stages, 10,000 square metres of outdoor exhibition spaces, and approximately 10,000 metres of covered pavilions. The Arsenale is one of a kind in the world where naval art is enhanced by the context and presence of the Biennale’s International Architecture Exhibition that will be taking place at the same time.

The event, organized by Vela Spa on behalf of the Municipality of Venice, avails itself of the collaboration of the Italian Navy and partnership of the Venice Rovigo Chamber of Commerce.

The in-depth topics for this new edition are:
Sustainability and environmental impact, that is mobility and electric, hybrid and innovative motors with the participation of several dozens of Italian and European shipyards;
Sailing Yachts, the novelty of 2021 is a 96 linear-metre double-sided landing stage that is entirely dedicated to sailing yachts from the most prestigious international and Italian yards;
Motor Yachts, with 15 to 40 metre-long yachts on show in the “main yacht riviera” and the new landing stages that are under construction.

In addition, the program includes the first Full Electric regatta called “E REGATTA“, organized by partners of the show, Assonautica di Venezia, Associazione Motonautica di Venezia, VeniceAgenda2028, Venti di Cultura and IWI-Inland Waterways International, putting their vessels to the test in terms of “endurance”, agility and speed. A dedicated area called E-Village is also being created for companies involved in the electric and eco-sustainable propulsion sector.

The slogan: “The art of shipbuilding is back home” will, once again, be the main theme of this year’s show which, three months after its official opening, is already proving to have surpassed the results of 2019 – comments Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, the creator and main promoter of the event – And so, after the lockdown imposed by the pandemic for the 2020 edition, everything is now ready for tradition and innovation, engineering and eco-sustainability to again be the protagonists in the 9-day exhibition in the characteristic setting of the Arsenale. Thanks to significant works to the Tese – the spaces have doubled in comparison to 2019 – and the investments to kit out the entire area, we are now ready to host the excellence of world boating “.

The invitation has already had a response for 50% more vessels to be allocated in water compared to the total number in 2019 and for over 20% more exhibitors.

“This is a significant result that we plan to expand so that this edition of the Boat Show, which falls well into the events commemorating the 1600th anniversary of the Foundation of the City of Venice, will be a truly exceptional event- concludes Brugnaro – I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all those who have been working hard for months to organize an event, ensuring the enforcement of the strictest regulations on health and safety due to the pandemic, that not only pays homage to the City and its important naval history, but above all, gives space to Italian and world excellence by showcasing the best of boating and the most innovative technologies relating to environmental protection and sustainable mobility. The hybridization of engines or the transition to full-electric engines is a challenge that will become a reality at the Show with the presentation of new models. In fact, the Municipality and the Metropolitan City of Venice have already allocated 1.5 million euros for the transition to low and/or zero-emission engines”.

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