Biograd Boat Show

Press release: 9th September 2021, Biograd na Moru, Croatia

23rd Biograd Boat Show

Marina Kornati, Biograd na Moru, Croatia. In organisation: Ilirija d.d., Biograd na Moru. Date: 20-24/10/2021


Central Europe’s In-water Show Sails Ahead

This year the Biograd Boat show will celebrates its 23rd show, 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.   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. 

An Important Show for the Boating Industry

The importance of the show was proven in 2020, as the show was a rare opportunity in Europe for companies and boaters that gravitate to the Adriatic to directly communicate and deal with the global changes that had taken place.  This year, the expectations are very high, with a record number of early exhibitor registrations and many exhibitors expanding their exhibits to satisfy the increase in boater interest.

New Brands and Models

Some of the new vessel brands that will be introduced to the Croatian market include the luxury sailboat shipyard Solaris, as well as the motorboat brands De Antonio from Spain, as well as 3B Craft sport fishing boats from Italy. The Finnish brand Saxdor will also debut their 4 seat Saxdor 200 Sport model.  Rib brands that will have their Croatian debut include: Italian brands Panamera and AB Inflatables, as well as the Canadian Brand Gala.

In the Luxury motor yacht segment Absolute will host the Croatian premiere of the new Navetta 48, direct from its world premiere in Cannes.  In the Catamaran Segment, the Bali 4.2 and 4.6 sailing catamarans will have their Croatian premiere alongside the Bali 4.3 motor catamaran.

Electric powered vessels will be more prevalent at the show, including the world premiere of the Solar Ferry, by Agena Marin a compact solar powered electric catamaran ideal for tours and transfers.

The Boat Show Experience

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 has proven itself as a safe and professional event organizer during the pandemic, with no reported COVID cases in 2020, and will continue on this path, following and exceeding national health guidelines. The legendary calendar of social events that has made the BBS unique is being planned, and will be adjusted to suit the situation at the time of the show.  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. The Biograd Boat Show is playing an important part during these challenging times in setting a course for a brighter future for boating.

Central Europe's Gateway to the Sea

Each year, Biograd plays an important role for domestic and international boaters.Many people were introduced to the BBS while visiting Biograd throughout the year, as it is one of the world’s largest yacht charter destinations, or through its world class calendar of regattas and events, or as one of the busiest marine transit destinations in Croatia. Regardless, the international recognition and reputation improves each year.

Four additional events with the Biograd Boat Show

Biograd B2B

Considering that the Biograd Boat Show is the largest gathering place of the Croatian nautical industry, a business platform was developed and Biograd B2B was created. Biograd B2B is a nautical-business networking event during the nautical fair in Biograd that allows business visitors to register, participate and schedule meetings with exhibitors and other B2B participants, as well as participate in an extensive nautical congress program.

5. Croatian Nautical Days

As part of the Biograd B2B, the Croatian Chamber of Economy will hold its 5th Croatian Nautical Days from 20 to 22 October 2021, which include numerous meetings of industry associations, business presentations and networked social events.

Croatia Charter Expo

As part of Biograd B2B, the third Croatia Charter Expo will be held from 21 to 22 October 2021. This two-day business event exclusive to the yacht charter industry will enable charter fleet service providers to meet with agents, brokers and suppliers, supported by an active charter congress program. All participants will be registered on the Biograd B2B platform where they will be able to participate all days of the fair.

International Congress Boat Charter Agency Association

This year, Croatia Charter Expo will join the international congress of the Association of Charter Agents, which boasts over 200 international members. The generous support of the Croatia Charter Expo was provided by the City of Biograd, the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Chamber of Economy.

A Brighter Future for Boating

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, when all other shows faced serious declines.  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 2020 similar measures were used to address the challenging environment, focusing on Ilirija’s strength in providing safe holiday and event experiences in hospitality, food and beverages, and event planning.  For the 2021 show, the company plans to build in its successes to again play an important role in setting a course for a brighter future for boating.

Biograd Boat Show is Gold Member of IFBSO

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 ° Virtual Reality Tour and Biograd B2B.



For more information contact us at:

Ilirija d.d.
Tina Ujevića 7
23210 Biograd na Moru