India International Boat Show (IIBS), India's premier
boat and marine event, will be conducted from 26 to 28
September 2003 at the Le Meridien International Convention
Centre in Kochi. This was announced by Kerala Minister
for Tourism and Fisheries K V Thomas at a press conference
held here in connection with the announcement of IIBS
and the launch of the logo.
by Kerala Tourism, the boat show is being promoted aggressively
in India and abroad by India Tourism and India Trade Promotion
Organisation (ITPO), and is receiving comprehensive support
from the Southern Naval Command, Coast Guard, Cochin Shipyard
and Cochin Port Trust. Leading tour operators and hotels
in Cochin have extended their support by offering discounted
tour packages and accommodation for the boat show participants.
Thomas: "The first National Boat Show organised by
Kerala Tourism was a huge success and gained a lot of
international attention. Encouraged by the response, we
are taking the show to an international level and are
re-branding the event as IIBS. The scope of the event
will be expanded with special segments for sports boating,
leisure boating, defence boating, boating equipment and
technology and software. IIBS will be a premier event
of its kind in the region between the Middle East and
Southeast Asia and in a span of two to three years it
will establish itself as a definitive boat show."
is being publicised on a large scale, with intensive PR
campaign, advertisements and outdoor publicity campaigns
already under way. The presence of prospective buyers
and exhibitors is being ensured with direct mailers, emails
and telecalling. Kerala Tourism has launched an exclusive
website for the boat show. The website (www.indiaboatshow.com)
provides comprehensive information on all the aspects
of show and also features provisions for exhibitors, buyers
and the media to register online.
companies and brands that will be present at the boat
show include Polaris, Regal Marine (USA), Ferrati Yachts
(Italy), Gulf Craft, Exalto Marine, Emirates Inflatables
and Grandweld (UAE), IMCO Services (New York), LP Marine
(UK), JV Marine and the Zodiac group (Australia). Major
national names include Alcock Ashdown (Gujarat), All State
Group, Aqualine Marine and Greaves (Mumbai), Access India
Overseas (Noida), Dempo Shipbuilding (Goa), Maha Mysore
Boats (Mangalore), Vulkan (Pune).
national and international boating magazines and publications
including Catamaran World (France), IBI News
(UK), Asia Pacific Boating (Hong Kong), Safari
Plus (Mumbai) and World of Yachts (UAE) will
cover the show extensively.