BIOGRAD N/M - Central and Eastern Europe’s largest in-water boat show celebrates its 23rd year, with 21 years of continuous record breaking shows followed by the highly successful 2020 show, one of only three boat shows held in Europe during the pandemic. Registration is now in progress and optimism is high on all fronts, with many exhibitors planning expanded exhibits as the overall situation is expected to be very favourable.
The show is held in the resort town of Biograd, at Marina Kornati and includes Ilirija hotels, restaurants, and entertainment facilities. The special atmosphere and a rich calendar of events attracts many exhibitors and visitors from all neighboring countries, making it a truly international event for those interested in boating on the Adriatic. This show is unique, as the resort venue comes alive from morning to night, and we expect a gradual return to the social activities that make this show special, as well as many affluent international visitors that make a holiday of the event.
During the show, the BiogradB2B business networking event will take place with an expanded congress program and social events, including the Croatian Chamber of Economy’s 5th nautical Days, The Croatia Charter Expo, and the first congress of the Boat Charter Agency Association which now has over 200 international members.
All exhibitors and visitors expressed surprise, as no one thought that such a good show could be achieved during such uncertain times
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., opened its doors under sunny skies with over 250 registered exhibitors and only slightly fewer vessels that 2019’s record show despite the challenging environment. Held at Ilirija’s Four Anchor, Marina Kornati.
The show was the third and last major boat to be held in Europe in the Second half of 2020, and showed remarkable resilience from both exhibitors and visitors, maintaining its status as Central Europe’s largest in-water show, and showcases the importance and strength of the Croatian nautical sector.
The strategy of extending the show over 5 days worked very well, as the new Wednesday opening day was well attended, while Thursday was the most attended Thursday in the show’s History. The lifting of German, Austrian, and Slovenian travel restrictions to Zadar County had a strong impact on increasing international visitors beyond expectations.
The Biograd "B2B", business networking event proved its importance during this challenging year, incorporating video chat meetings for digital visitors. The 4th Croatian Chamber of Commerce Nautical Days congress program was well attended with important meetings augmented by Zoom participants on video chat. The Croatia Charter Expo, located in Hall D at marina Kornati West, and on pier 14 received the most compliments, as its participants expectations were exceeded on all fronts. The pier 14 location for charter fleet providers that exhibited on vessels was extremely well received.
We thank all that participated and supported this event which breathed a fresh wind of optimism for the Croatia Nautical industry.
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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.