By Humphrey Carter THE 22nd International Boat Show was opened by Balearic vice-president Rosa Estaras yesterday who claimed that Majorca is becoming a market leader of the nautical world. The boat show, set up along the Paseo Maritimo in front of La Lonja, near the cathedral, will run until next Sunday May 7 and is this year 25 percent bigger than its previous events covering an area of 60'000 square metres and featuring 180 exhibitors and 370 companies from all over the yachting world. From super yachts to sailing yachts, jet skis, fishing tackle and the very latest developments in nautical engineering and satellite navigation, the International Boat Show is a must-visit event for the yachting community. “This show is not just about boats,” said Estaras “it caters for the diving, surfing, fishing, boat-building, catering, supply and maintenance sectors and much more,” she said at yesterday's opening ceremony. The nautical industry is part of the back bone of the Balearic economy creating a wealth of jobs and generating a lot of money for the local community. The trade fair is the showcase of the local industry. The highest number of exhibitors are those selling boats (87), followed by the nautical sector (70). At the show, which will be open from 10am to 8pm every day, more than 3'000 leading brand names from all over the world will be exhibited with the aim of showing the latest trends and novelties produced by various shipyards to both the professional visitor and the general public.