Six months before the event opens for business from November 15-17, an impressive 97% of the original exhibition floor has already been booked and sales are also well on course for the additional hall. The extra hall that has been added to the new layout for METSTRADE 2016 increases the show floor by over 3,000sq m.

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The decision to expand the capacity of the 2016 edition of the METSTRADE show has been fully justified, says event organiser Amsterdam RAI. A full six months before the event opens for business from November 15-17, an impressive 97% of the original exhibition floor has already been booked and sales are also well on course for the additional hall.

“We are delighted to have achieved such high booking numbers so far in advance of the actual event,” comments Irene Dros, manager maritime METSTRADE at RAI Amsterdam. “The fact that the METSTRADE show is generating so much interest at this stage of the year – while we have also made the event larger than ever – makes it all the more impressive.”

There has also been a notable rise in the number of companies opting to have a stand in the pavilions at METSTRADE 2016 compared to the 2015 exhibition. Many more square metres have already been booked at the Superyacht Pavilion (SYP) compared to June 2015, including first-time exhibitors such as Mapei, Nobiskrug and Pin-Craft.

Both the Marina & Yard Pavilion (MYP) and Construction Material Pavilion (CMP) already have as many exhibitors registered for 2016 now as there were in total at the 2015 show. Notable newcomers in these pavilions include Marina Projects and Dockmarine in the MYP and Scott Bader and BNS Industrial in the CMP.

“It is also pleasing to see so many companies registering to take part for the first time. This will help accelerate ongoing growth in the future for the METSTRADE Show as the meeting place of choice for the global leisure marine industry. Our challenge now is to live up to the expectations of the high standards we have set, and focus on welcoming even more visitors from the global marine industry in the editions ahead,” Dros comments.

New layout
The extra hall that has been added to the new layout for METSTRADE 2016 will increase the show floor by over 3,000sq m. Hall 7 is proving attractive to leading companies like Yamaha and Dometic and a range of other exhibitors.

As part of a new layout designed to optimise social and networking opportunities as well as accommodate the ongoing demand for exhibition stands, the successful InnovationLAB concept and stage has been moved to Hall 6 connecting Hall 1 to Hall 7.

The InnovationLAB will form a central innovation hub with dedicated presentations of the winning and nominated products for the DAME Design Award. The IBI newsroom will also be located in this part of the show.

The 2016 METSTRADE show runs from November 15-17 at the RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam.