Palma.—Majorca's economy received a massive boost from the 30th Palma Boat Show which attracted 30'000 visitors last week.
This year's floating exhibition, which took part in the old quay in front of La Lonja and finished on Sunday, offered more space and facilities for visitors and the efforts seem to have paid off. “The majority of visitors were big fans of boats and showed a real genuine interest in doing business in the short and mid term. There were also a lot of tourists coming to the show,” said the director of the exhibition Chema Sans said yesterday.

Festival stands registered a high number of sales, not only of nautical equipment but boats as well. Out of the participating companies 85% have already confirmed their presence in next year's show with 30% requesting more space in advance. “These figures show the exhibition was a great success and that all pre planned targets have been achieved. This year we started a new era. “The exhibition area was very complete and the nautical saloon and the super yacht show worked well. On top of that the business and marketing side of things was very encouraging,” he added. “The model chosen was ideal. The stands sold and the visitors enjoyed the activities we laid on for them. Tap-mar (the cooking exhibition) attracted a lot of guests and the Night of the Sea was entertaining, which meant everyone enjoyed the show,” said Sans, who also announced that during next week's final meeting the team “will analise the possibility of increasing the space.”