The Palma Superyacht Show 2016 drew to a close on May 2 on the high. The five-day event — the only public brokerage and charter show organised by the superyacht industry — featured some of the world’s most famous yachts over 24m, all immediately available for charter and/or sale.
The line-up comprised 65 yachts including the 45m record-breaking, high-performance sail yacht Mari Cha III, (she beat the Transatlantic Record in 1998 and the Sydney to Hobart record in 1999), the Feadship motoryacht MQ2. This 160-footer is fresh from an extensive refit in Palma.
Commenting on this year’s event, Pat Bullock from Network Marine Consultants, says: “This year the Palma Superyacht Show was better than ever! We have been exhibiting since its beginning and have witnessed a marked increase in both the international visitors attending and the interest it has created within the industry as a whole.”
Exhibition space was filled by key players in the superyacht sector months prior to the start of the show and all benefitted from the networking opportunities.
“We noted a definite improvement in the quality of the visitors and also noted a good range of yachts on display,” comments Diane Franklin from The Consortium. “We signed contracts during the show and will definitely return next year.”
The Palma Superyacht Show might remain relatively small compared to some but organisers have put a great deal of effort to make it second to none on a professional level. The 2017 edition promise to be even more exciting.