Marina Kornati, Biograd na Moru, Croatia
In organisation: Ilirija d.d., Biograd na Moru
This year the Biograd Boat show will celebrate its 24th year following 21 years of continuous record breaking shows and two highly successful pandemic shows, which proved the resilience and importance of the event. In 2021, the show managed to break all attendance records, and the outlook for this year is very bright, as many exhibitors are expanding their exhibits, and many new exhibitors are joining our strong and loyal exhibitor base.
This is Central Europe’s in-water show, attracting many visitors and exhibitors from neighbouring countries, and the biggest meeting point for Croatia’s nautical industry, marking the end of the boating season and the start of a new business year. As we have seen an increase in interest from international exhibitors, we expect the number of international visitors to continue to grow.
The show has gained international popularity among both exhibitors and visitors due to Croatia’s importance as a boating destination and Ilirija’s well managed facilities including Marina Kornati, Ilirija hotels, restaurants, and entertainment facilities. Ilirija will continue to work to provide a safe environment, but will also revive the legendary entertainment program and social events in line with prevailing health conditions. It is important that both the boating industry and the boating public have an event that inspires passion and optimism for boating on the Adriatic… This is the Biograd Boat Show experience!
As the largest gathering point for the Croatian nautical industry, Ilirija developed Biograd B2B, a business to business platform and nautical business networking event during the boat show allowing business visitors to register, participate and schedule meetings with exhibitors and other B2B participants, and participate in an extensive nautical Congress Program. As part of Biograd B2B, the Croatian Chamber of Economy will hold its 6th annual Croatian Nautical Days from 26.-28. 10. 2022, featuring numerous industry association meetings, business presentations and networking social events.
Also as part of Biograd B2B, the Fourth Croatia Charter Expo will be held from 26.-27. 10. 2022. This 2-day, B2B event for the yacht charter industry allows charter fleet providers to meet with agents, brokers and suppliers, and is supported by an active congress program. All participants are registered on the Biograd B2B platform, and are able to take part in the boat show during its entire duration. This year, the Croatia Charter Expo will get a new and expanded location at Hall D in Marina Kornati North, nearer the charter yachts, marina Kornati restaurant, and the Captain’s Club. Generous support for the Croatia Charter Expo has been provided by the City of Biograd, Croatian Tourist Board, and the Chamber of Economy.
The Biograd Boat Show made its biggest gains in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, growing from a minor regional show to an international show that brought the Adriatic boating region to the world stage. This was done by optimizing Ilirija’s nautical and hospitality assets, and creating attractively priced options for exhibitors and visitors resulting in long-term success. In 2022 Ilirija plans to build in its successes to improve its important role in setting a course for a brighter future for boating on the Adriatic.
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.