Biograd Boat Show
22. BIOGRAD BOAT SHOW 21. - 25.10.2020.
Croatia’s Largest Boat Show and Central Europe’s In-water Show
Biograd Boat Show


New date: This year, the Biograd Boat Show will last one day longer, with the opening set for Wednesday, 21 October 2020, while the closing is planned for Sunday, 25 October 2020.

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2019 Show summary

Another record show with a total attendance of 18.326 visitors

The new Croatia Charter Expo in Hall D unanimously declared a success by exhibitors, all citing that the event exceeded their expectations. A total of more than 120 companies participated in this closed 2-day B2B event leaving the weekend to network with over 280 exhibitors at the boat show through the Biograd B2B networking software. The entertainment program was the best attended yet with more than 3800 people attending the various events which included 7 live bands and 2 DJ’s. At 11 sponsored events, More than 2300 people were treated to complimentary quality buffet dinners served with wine.

Other News from Previous Releases:

  • The Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović opens the Biograd Boat Show, heading a large list of dignitaries from the Maritime and Tourism Ministries as well as the Croatian Chamber of Economy and local politicians. The Croatian President is in the top 50 of Forbes list of the World’s Most Powerful Women.
  • For the 21st straight year, another record show was achieved, with approximately 400 registered exhibitors and 350 boats on display. The opening day saw record attendance, up more than 20% from the previous year’s record attendance under sunny skies and warm temperatures. A fourth exhibition hall (Hall D) has been added to accommodate the new Croatian Charter Expo, a two-day business to event for the yacht charter industry to be held from 17-18. 10. 2019. The first day recorded more than 110 participating companies, and 600 scheduled meetings on the new Biograd B2B software platform. The exhibitors unanimously stated that this new event exceeded their expectations, which is very important as Croatia has by far the largest number of charter yachts in the world. The Croatian Chamber of Economy is host its 3rd annual Croatian Nautical Days, with a rich Congress Program to serve the nautical industry. Highlights of the program include meetings and presentations of the following associations: Tour Boat Operators, Marina Operators, Boatbuilders, Nautical Harbours, Yacht Charter Operators, Adventure Tourism Agencies.
  • The legendary entertainment program will include 7 bands and 3 DJs as well as a large fireworks display scheduled for Saturday Otober 19th at 21:30 in front of marina Kornati West.
  • New website provides details of the show as well as a 360 Degree virtual tour, videos, and photos
  • Numerous World / Regional /Croatian vessel premieres will take place, and the dropbox link below is updated regularly with the latest information
Biograd Boat Show 2018 Promo II
The Gateway to Central European Boaters
More and more, the show attracts visitors and exhibitors from neighboring countries and afar, including many owners of boats in Croatia, as well as many of the thousands that participate in nautical events held in Biograd throughout the year. Big attractions include over 300 registered exhibitors and 300 boats on display, as well as over 1500 charter yachts represented at the show, and approximately 100 used boats, displayed according to strict standards. Many side events take place with themes such as business, education, social, culinary, sport and recreation.
The "Boat Show Experience"

Sunset marks the end of the exhibition day and the beginning of an on-site evening program offering great food and entertainment continuing into the town centre until the late hours, all within a short walk. Known as the “Boat Show Experience”, it is the key to the show’s success, visible in the eyes of the locals as well as many affluent visitors from Central Europe that make a holiday of the event.

Special Hotel Rates

Visitors and Exhibitors are offered special hotel rates at Ilirija Hotels, available from 39,00 Eur per person per night . Ilirija d.d. is a company with more than 50 years of tradition, established in 1957. The company headquater is in Biograd, which is considered to be ideal boating destination becouse of its position on the most indented part of the Adriatic Sea and near the Kornati islands.

Marina Kornati, Biograd na Moru

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.



International Reputation

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. 

Member of the IFBSO

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.