Genoa show attracts over 100,000 visitors
Organisers of the 62nd Genoa International Boat Show announced that visitors to the six-day event were up almost 11 per cent on last year, with planning already underway for 2023.
This year’s Genoa International Boat Show attracted 103,812 visitors as of 11am on the sixth and final day, according to the Italian Marine Industry Association (UCINA) and I Saloni Nautici, organisers of Italy’s largest boat show. The attendance figure was 10.7 per cent higher than in 2021.
The show was held against the backdrop of buildings under construction or redevelopment, all part of an enormous upgrade of the Waterfront di Levante that will be fully complete by 2024, with much of it expected to be ready ahead of the 63rd edition from September 21-26, 2023.
Giovanni Toti, President of Liguria Regional Council, said: “The Genoa International Boat Show and new waterfront are the dream of a better city becoming a reality.”
Organisers announced that 1,000 boats were on display at the 2022 show, with an estimated quarter of that total in the water. The event again featured a mix of luxury motor yachts and superyachts, a strong display of sailing yachts, ‘superboats’, RIBs and tenders, and many smaller boats on the ground floor of the enormous Blue Pavilion, which hosted the opening ceremony.
Saverio Cecchi, President of the Italian Marine Industry Association and I Saloni Nautici, said: “This has been not only an incredible boat show but above all an efficient one. Teamwork was key because we are a team: the entire Italian Marine Industry Association, the Genoa International Boat Show, the Regional Council of Liguria, the Genoa City Council, and the Genoa Chamber of Commerce.
“This team will be planning the 2023 edition of this incredible boat show, which will be held from September 21-26. This edition has to be more than just a good show; it has to be the best.”
Larger in-water yachts this year included Ferretti Group’s Custom Line 106’ and an Amer 120 and Amer 100,while Sanlorenzo’s 11 yachts included an SL120A and SL106A asymmetric models. Sanlorenzo also showed the new SP110 and SD90, both premieres at the Cannes Yachting Festival earlier in the month.
Other models at Genoa fresh from world premieres included the Azimut Grande 26 Metri, among eight yachts from the Italian builder. The new Ferretti Yachts 860 and Itama 62RS were among eight yachts from the Ferretti Group, while Absolute’s four yachts included its new flagship Navetta 75. Fiart staged the world debut of its P54 alongside two models from the Seawalker range.
Among British builders, Sunseeker showed a Manhattan 55, 65 Sport Yacht, Predator 74 XPS and 88 Yacht, Princess’s seven models comprised a V40, V50 Open (Genoa debut), V55, F50, F55, S62 and its flagship X95, while Fairline showed the Phantom 65 that debuted at Cannes along with a Targa 45 Open.
New models from Groupe Beneteau brands included Prestige’s first powercat, the M48, which was shown along with the builder’s 460 and 520 flybridge models. Beneteau’s motorboats include the Antares 8, 9 and 11, Flyer 8 and 9 Sundeck models, Gran Turismo 36 and 41, and the new Swift Trawler 48.
Jeanneau’s motorboats include its new DB/43 premium dayboat along with a Merry Fisher 795 Series 2 and 1095, plus Cap Camarat 10.5 and 12.5 WA (Walk Around) versions. Other builders on show include Pardo, Solaris Power, Ryck, Frauscher, Axopar, Novamarine, Tuccoli and Greenline.
The impressive Sailing World display featured models from dozens of builders, with leading exhibitors including Italia Yachts, Solaris and Swan, showing its new Swan 55.
Beneteau’s new sailing yachts include the First 44 and flagship Oceanis Yacht 60 that debuted at Cannes, while fellow French builders Jeanneau and Dufour also exhibited.
Grand Soleil’s impressive display included the Italian premiere of the 72 as well as a 40, 44, 48, 42 LC and 52 LC, YYachts displayed its Y7, Oyster showed its entry-level 495, while other brands included Hanse, Dehler, Moody, X-Yachts, Wauquiez and Mylius.
Catamarans on show include the new Lagoon 51 and 55, Excess 11 and 14, Leopard 46 Powercat and 45 sailing yacht, and Bali Catspace, 4,4, 4.8 and 5.4. Fountaine Pajot’s display included the Power 67, its flagship motor yacht, and Aura 51, which both debuted at Cannes.
The show also promoted the city’s role as the grand finale of The Ocean Race, which starts in Alicante on January 15, 2023, and concludes in Genoa in late June, with an in-port race on July 1.