The Palma International Boat Show will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an edition packed with activities and increased national and international promotion.

Interested companies can now apply to participate in the fair, which will take place from the 25th to 28th of April in Palma’s Moll Vell. The next edition of the Palma International Boat Show will be marked by the celebration of its 40th anniversary, a very special date that the organisers want to share and involve the exhibitor companies that have placed their trust in the event and made it grow. For this reason, various activities are planned, such as the revival of the Night of the Sea, focused on the 40th anniversary, a tribute to exhibitors, and actions to consolidate the show, such as conferences and sectoral seminars. The promotion of innovation and the digitalisation of nautical companies will also be present at this edition, which aims to increase social nautical activities during the week of the fair, which will take place from 25th to 28th April 2024 in Palma’s Moll Vell. Also, the show will include Palma Superyacht Village, section specially designed for acquiring or buying boats over 25 metres in length. The fair is organised by the Instituto de Innovación Empresarial de las Illes Balears (IDI), an entity under the Ministry of Enterprise, Employment and Energy, and the Balearic Yacht Brokers Association (BYBA).A photograph of Nico Martinez stars in the image of the 40th anniversary, which has as its slogan “40 years at full sail”. Martínez is one of the most internationally recognised nautical professionals, winner of awards such as Mirabaud Yacht Racing in 2022, or the Mariano Aguada Communication Award of the Terras Gaudas National Sailing Awards in 2020. He has also been the official photographer for the America’s Cup Challenger “Rioja Espanya” to San Diego 1995, “Bravo España” to New Zealand 2000, and “Desafío Español” València 2007, as well as in international regattas such as Barcelona World Race 2010, Record Barcelona – New York, Audi MedCup Circuit 2008-2011, or RC44 World Championship Tour. The aim of the organisers is that this anniversary will serve to highlight the role of the fair as a pole of attraction for international companies and as a catalyst for the sector, one of the most important for the economy of the Balearic Islands. It should be noted that over the years, the boat show has been the gateway for many foreign firms to choose the Balearic Islands to establish themselves in Spain and has allowed the internationalisation of companies in the islands.

The IDI and BYBA, aware of the need to continue to expand the fair, has initiated a series of meetings to establish partnerships with various institutions that will increase the promotion of the fair nationally and internationally. In this way, this year the PIBS will be present at the “main tourist and nautical fairs with a double objective, to make the destination known as an international nautical centre and to attract visitors to the fair.

On the other hand, this week has opened the application period for space for new companies that did not participate in last year’s edition. Those interested can apply to participate via the website 2023, the fair had 271 participating companies and some 600 boats on display, more than 250 at sea, spread over an exhibition area of 81,000 square metres. It was also the setting for the presentation of new boat models and products on a global scale, as well as becoming the nerve centre of the sector for four days.