metsThe 2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam came to an end on Thursday with a record number of visitors. Some 21,086 people attended the three-day show – a 2.9% increase over last year’s event.

According to METS organiser Amsterdam RAI, early results of the post-show surveys prove that visitors and exhibitors alike were pleased with the results. METS also attracted 6.5% more international visitors and 3% more decision-makers.

“As impressive as these figures are, the real tribute to the success of METS 2014 was the bustling atmosphere throughout the RAI complex,” says Irene Dros, maritime domain manager at Amsterdam RAI.

The METS 2014 exhibition floor was a hive of activity and the three dedicated pavilions (superyachts, marinas and construction materials) also enjoyed success.

The RAI’s new Innovation LAB platform, unveiled for the first time at METS, was very well received, presentations on the Innovation Stage were well attended, the live reporting by IBI went well and large crowds were seen admiring the DAME Award winners and nominations.

“From the excellent Breakfast Briefing on the opening morning of the show to the final deal struck on the exhibition floor, from the high degree of knowledge exchange at the complementary conferences to the networking fun at the various social gatherings, METS was a great place to be,” Dros adds. “Now the work starts to emulate this success again at METS 2015 and raise the bar even further!”

According to Amsterdam RAI, 62% of exhibitor floor space has already been booked for next year’s METS, which runs from November 17-19, 2015.