New date: The show will run for 5 days from Wednesday, October 21st, until Sunday, October 25th, 2020.
The 22nd Biograd Boat Show is organised by Ilirija d.d, a renowned tourism company from Biograd na Moru. www.ilirijabiograd.com The show has been expanded to 5 days to reduce crowding and to provide extra time to visit the largest in-water show in Central Europe. As an outdoor, in-water show, with plenty of fresh air and open spaces, it a relatively safe environment to end the boating season and prepare for the next boating year.
Ilirija is monitoring the current epidemiological situation very carefully and will conduct the show according to all public health measures, to ensure the safety of exhibitors and the visitors. As a full-service tourism company that and serves thousands of people per day during the tourist season, this experience will be used to ensure a safe show. Unique to the marine industry, the Biograd Boat Show has hosted 21 record shows, growing every year, even through the dark years of the global financial crisis. This was possible, as Ilirija was able to optimize its marina, hotels and restaurants to offer a cost effective boat show experience. A similar effort will be made during this challenging year to ensure the best boat show experience in the region.
The boating season in Croatia has exceeded all expectations after a gloomy, global lockdown. As a result, exhibitors are surprisingly optimistic, and we expect a good turnout for the show.
As the meeting point for the Croatian nautical industry we continue to develop Biograd B2B, a business networking event that runs during the boat show and links nautical business that participate in the show. Sponsored by City of Biograd and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK), Biograd B2B includes the Croatian Charter Expo to be held on the 22nd and 23rd of October, and the Croatian Nautical Days congress event to be held from October 21st to 23rd.
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.