26 September 2017

DELRIO: We are celebrating an ongoing recovery. The Italian government will finance the Boat Show

CASERO: The Government should keep ensuring its support, so as to foster continued growth in the boating sector
BOCCIA: The Confederation of Italian Industry is here at the Boat Show to support the activities of its professional association

TOTI: This boat show proves that the wind has changed

DEMARIA: This Boat Show is opening while witnessing a successful market trend (+24% on the domestic market) and a fruitful cooperation with the Institutions

BUCCI: Today we are opening an extraordinary event for the city, a magnificent showcase that Genoa is proud to welcome and host

Over 500 people, including authorities, VIPs, entrepreneurs, journalists and many yachting enthusiasts and visitors took part this morning in the Opening Ceremony of Genoa 57th International Boat Show, which was held on the Terrace of the Padiglione Blu (the Blue Pavilion).

After the flag-hoisting ceremony, the representatives of the local institutions – Genoa Mayor, Marco Bucci, the President of Port System Authority of the Western Ligurian Sea, Paolo Emilio Signorini, and the President of Genoa Chamber of Commerce, Paolo Odone – gave their welcoming speeches.

Very moving moments followed, when tribute was paid to Carlo Riva, to whom this year’s edition of the Boat Show is dedicated. The ceremony was attended by the late engineer’s family, represented by his daughters, Maria Pia and Lia, and his grandchildren.

The round table ‘Nautica: il ritorno, il futuro’ (The Boating Industry: the comeback, the future) then started, moderated by the Deputy Editor in Chief of Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Alessandro Plateroti, and attended by the Italian Minister for Transport and Infrastructures, Graziano Delrio, the Italian Deputy Minister for the Economy and Finance, Luigi Casero, the President of Confindustria (the Confederation of the Italian Industry) Vincenzo Boccia, the President of the Liguria Regional Council, Giovanni Toti, the General Secretary of Italian statistical research institute Censis, Giorgio De Rita, and the President of UCINA Confindustria Nautica, Carla Demaria.

Minister Delrio stated: “Today, at the Genoa Boat Show, we are celebrating an ongoing recovery. We are working to make sure that the boating industry will soon benefit from a good Nautical Code”. Then, in his conclusions, Minister Delrio confirmed that “the Government will keep supporting the Boat Show and will finance it in the future”.

Minister Delrio’s speech was followed by that by the Deputy Minister for the Economy and Finance, Luigi Casero, who underlined that the Boat Show proves that “when technology and beauty take the stage, Italy is in the spotlight. The challenge posed by the market today is to follow Industry 4.0 and pursue constant innovation. Leasing has considerably contributed to growth in general; we now need to ensure that the same happens with nautical leasing too”.

Giorgio De Rita, the General Secretary of Italian statistical research institute Censis, in turn, declared: “A change is ongoing and, after securing their financial resources in banks, those who can afford to spend money are now doing so. We have to further foster this virtuous cycle”.

“This year’s Boat Show confirms that the wind has truly changed – stated the President of the Liguria Regional Council, Giovanni Toti. The recovery of the boating industry and of the Boat Show make Genoa very proud, as a city that deserves being the capital of yachting and of the Mediterranean basin”.

In Vincenzo Boccia’s opinion, “the Boat Show can be held anywhere, as long as it is in Genoa. There should be no confusion in identifying Italy’s priorities – if Confindustria had not taken a firm stance, today we would have two different boat shows held in Italy, and it would be useless for everyone. I am here to reiterate our support to the activities of our professional association”.

UCINA’s President Demaria closed the ceremony by expressing her satisfaction with the positive energy that is pervading the 2017 Boat Show: “This is Carlo Riva’s energy – commented Ms Demaria. The market is growing, the data we have available are very encouraging and tell us that the Italian market is growing by 24.1%. This Boat Show is the mirror of a market and a sector that have got over the crisis and deserves great attention by the local authorities and the institutions, who are indeed here today to officially open the Show together with UCINA”.

Genoa, 21 September 2017


Organised by UCINA Confindustria Nautica, the Genoa Boat Show is a benchmark event for the entire recreational boating industry in Europe and the Mediterranean. A unique event for its particular characteristics, it allows to showcase at a single venue all the latest novelties in terms of newly-built yachts and boats, engines, electronic instruments, accessories, tourism and associated services. Now at its 57th edition, the Genoa Boat Show is an unmissable appointment for industry operators and sea enthusiasts alike. The 2016 event recorded 127,190 visitors, over 800 exhibitors and 1,000 boats on display, between grounds and sea, with over 2,416 sea tests conducted.

A member of Confindustria (the Confederation of Italian Industry), trade association UCINA CONFINDUSTRIA NAUTICA has been representing the entire Italian boating industry – from shipbuilding to components, from services to tourism – since 1967. With 312 member companies, UCINA represents over 80% of the domestic boating industry and 65% of overall turnover and strives to promote the growth of the boating sector, also by presenting legislative proposals, collecting and distributing industry data, encouraging the spreading of a sea culture and fostering the development of boating tourism. On an institutional level, UCINA acts as a counterpart for exchange with political, social and government entities and is a member of Confindustria, Federturismo, Federazione del Mare, Comitato Fiere Industria, Fondazione Edison, Fondazione Sviluppo Sostenibile, of which it shares the founding principles and action. On an international level, UCINA is present in the governing bodies of World and European Federations ICOMIA and EBI. In line with its purposes for the promotion of the boating industry, UCINA also organises – through the company I Saloni Nautici – the Genoa Boat Show, a leading event worldwide and a showcase for the Italian marine industry.

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