Marina Kornati, Biograd na Moru, Croatia
In organisation: Ilirija d.d., Biograd na Moru
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BIOGRAD N/M -This year's Biograd Boat Show achieved record attendance despite the requirement of Covid Passports and heavy rain on Friday. Opening day, Thursday and Saturday all posted record visitor numbers, for a total attendance of 18.524. Another surprise was the general consensus by exhibitors that by far, this show has the most foreign visitors ever.
The show hosted more than 300 registered exhibitors, and many world and Croatian vessel premieres. Nautical journalists were surprised at the number of premiere vessels as it was much higher than officially declared. The big winners at this year's show were Croatian boat builders, as they benefited from the lack of vessel supply and higher costs from established international brands. This was very evident for local builders of larger motor yachts, with many contracts signed on the spot, and deposits paid.
The Biograd B2B activities were a huge success, with a very well attended 5th Nautical Days organized by the Croatian Chamber of Economy, as well as the hugely successful Croatia Charter Expo with more than 100 fleet providers and charter agencies conducting more business than ever over the 2 day event.
The organizers had taken the decision to require Covid Passports for entry to the event in order to promote safety, and this turned out to be the right choice. Fewer restrictions at the show added to the charged atmosphere. The town of Biograd truly came alive, as most restaurants stayed open and there were many small gatherings bringing optimism to all that participated. The next 24th Biograd Boat Show will be held from October 26 to 30, 2022.
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.