The recent lifting of travel restrictions from Germany and Slovenia has lead to a flood of new exhibitors, particularly for larger motor vessels, as overall optimism increases.
Marina Kornati, Biograd na Moru, Croatia
In organisation: Ilirija d.d., Biograd na Moru
BIOGRAD N/M – The 22nd Biograd Boat Show, organized and hosted by Ilirija d.d, is ready to open its doors to exhibitors and visitors on Wednesday, October 21st, and despite the new circumstances, all epidemiological measures will be met, and the show will maintain Its tradition as the largest in-water boat show in Central Europe.
Due to current circumstances, the fair has been extended to five days, and will be held within the open space of the Four Anchors, Marina Kornati, and the third largest marina in Croatia. Ilirija safely hosted tourists in its facilities this season, and its professionals are working in close cooperation Zadar County Civil Headquarters and epidemiologists to provide the highest standards of safety for exhibitors and visitors to.
The number of boats that will be exhibited will be near the record number of 2019. On land, the number will be similar to last year, while in the water, only pier 6 will see a slight decrease. The lifting of German and Slovenian travel restrictions to Zadar County, significantly increased the response of larger vessels up to 20 meters, and strengthened the international component of the show.
The Biograd Boat Show is known for the festive atmosphere of Biograd, a coastal town that lives uniquely with this event with exhibitors and guests. This year, the festive atmosphere will continue but in a safer and more responsible manner. Visitors requiring Covid 19 testing can do so in the Lobby of The Hotel Adriatic in Biograd on Friday, Oct. 23rd from 11am - 2pm, and on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24th and 25th from 12pm - 3pm.
Thanks to the support of the City of Biograd and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Tourist Board, which have provided important support for the show, particularly in the development of Business to Business activities. The Biograd "B2B", business networking event for the nautical sector, unique to the Biograd Boat Show, plays an ever increasing role now allows nautical businesses to participate remotely and schedule meetings via Zoom video chat.
We are proud of the role of Croatian Chamber of Commerce in their organization of the 4th Croatian Chamber of Commerce Nautical Days, with an extensive congress program which has been extended to three days (from 21st to 23rd October) and brings together marine associations, government agencies, and private companies.
As part of Biograd B2B, the Croatia Charter Expo, located in Hall D at marina Kornati West, and on pier 14 is one of the world’s most important events for the yacht charter industry. The exhibiting charter companies have more than 1600 yachts under direct management, and will meet with charter brokers and suppliers.
As a Gold Member of the International Federation of Boat Show organizers, Ilirija d.d. has taken the most professional health and safety measures, and would like to thank all visitors in advance for understanding and adhering to all epidemiological measures, which will be clearly provided at the show entrances.
Having recognized the exceptional potential of Biograd na Moru as a nautical town in the vicinity of Kornati archipelago, ILIRIJA d.d. built the first nautical harbor in Croatia back in 1974, the today's hotel harbor called Kornati, from which the nautical tourism started to develop systematically along the Adriatic coast. It also procured the first own charter fleet of 40 ELAN vessels, thus rightfully assuming the title of a pioneer of nautical tourism and turning the town of Biograd into the cradle of nautical tourism.
With the total sea area (maritime zone) of 91 912 m2 and the land area of 39 688 m2, today's marina Kornati is certainly one of the largest nautical harbors in the Zadar County and the only real driver of nautical tourism development at Biograd Riviera which, thanks to the boating potentials of the city itself and the vision and courage of ILIRIJA d.d., enabled Biograd not only to become the yachting city, but also the center for development of nautical tourism.
The maritime zone annually hosts more than 40 domestic and international regattas of all classes and over 30 flotillas, which are attended by up to 10,000 sailors from around the world. Therefore, the marina Kornati and Biograd na Moru rightly and proudly deserve to wear the title of not only a nautical, but also a regatta center of Northern Dalmatia.
Marina has retained its status of the leading charter center in Croatia with over 300 charter boats owned by 12 charter companies operating within the marina and selling the world's leading manufacturers' vessels, in addition to their charter business.
The Biograd boat Show is Central Europe’s in-water Boat show. The event has taken on an international flavor due to the importance of Croatia as a boating destination and the impressive facilities and management of Ilirija d.d. which include Marina Kornati, Ilirija hotels, restaurants, and entertainment facilities. Favorable pricing for all services adds to the leisurely atmosphere, while a pontoon bridge links the main marina with Marina Kornati West, offering a unique and attractive in-water exhibition.
The Biograd Boat Show is a Gold Member of the International Federation of Boat Show Organizers, adopting the high standards of the organization and participating in its further development by sharing its unique business model, and innovative touches such as the 360 degree virtual tour.