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International Shows

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  • Cartagena International Boat Show
  • International Boat Show & Festival: Haikou, Hainan island in China.
  • Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS)


Join the NMMA in the 2nd USA Pavilion at the Cartagena Boat Show in Colombia!

March 21 – 23, 2015  -  Cartagena de Indias, Colombia


Registration WILL open in late August 2014

The 3rd edition of the Cartagena International Boat Show, scheduled for March 21–23, 2015, at the Cartagena de Indias Convention Center in Colombia is the perfect opportunity for the industry to gather to establish contacts and strengthen business ties in this emerging market. The NMMA is once again organizing the USA Pavilion at this show!

Why Colombia?

The Republic of Colombia is the fourth largest economy in Latin America and its approximately 46 million inhabitants represent the third largest population. It is the only country in South America with two seacoasts (Pacific and Caribbean). As one of the oldest democracies in Latin America, with a middle-income population, rich history and privileged geographical location, Colombia is emerging as a mandatory stop for sailboats, yachts and charters heading through the southern region of the Caribbean Sea. Located under the Hurricane Zone (125⁰ North), Colombia is an excellent alternative during hurricane season.

Thanks to these natural advantages and the government’s new initiative to grow nautical tourism and recreational boating, Colombia is poised to become a market of importance for our industry. 

The timing is perfect to engage in this market!

Colombia now ranks as the 26th most important export market for U.S. made recreational boats and related equipment, up slightly compared to 2012. Many factors, including a boating-oriented culture, close geographic proximity to the United States, preferential currency exchange rates, Free Trade Agreement and current trading status (the U.S. is Colombia’s No. 1 trading partner) contribute to Colombia’s increasing demand for U.S. boats and equipment.

Today, tens of thousands of U.S. citizens safely visit Colombia each year. Tourism has experienced remarkable growth and the government recognizes the need to develop marina infrastructure in order to meet the growing demand of both nautical tourism and domestic needs. The Ministry of Trade, Industry & Tourism has publicly declared the development of Nautical Tourism in Colombia a top priority.

IBSF – International Boat Show & Festival – Hainan Island, China

December 4 - 7, 2014 - Haikou, Hainan island in China.

The second edition of the International Boat Show and Festival will be held on 4 - 7 December 2014 at the New Port International Marina in the city of Haikou, Hainan island in China and the NMMA is pleased to once again announce this opportunity to our members. Click here to learn more about the boating conference and on-water show.

  • IBSF 2014 International Boating Business Conference | 4 December 2014 - The Conference will focus on business development and innovation in China’s emerging boating market.


  • IBSF 2014 international on-water boat show | 5 – 7 December 2014 - The ‘on-water’ boat show will be family focused, primarily showcasing small /medium sized ‘starter-boats’ including motorboats and sailboats.

For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact kiki.mo@ibsf.cc

2014: USA Pavilion at Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS)

November 18–20, 2014 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands


 SOLD OUT FOR 2014! Registration is now closed

METS is the world’s largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and services for the international marine leisure industry. The annual event is organized by Amsterdam RAI in association with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA). If you want to expand your reach throughout the EU, METS should be a core component of your marketing plan.

Thousands of companies in the leisure marine market worldwide incorporate METS in their calendars year after year. Here’s why:

  • Attracts a global attendance with unparalleled networking opportunities—establish working relationships with people from all over the world
  • Comprehensive product showcase—a gallery of the best in marine products from around the globe
  • Supported by leading international marine trade associations
  • Hosts cutting-edge conferences
  • Year-round promotions add extra value to your investment

METS USA & Canadian Pavilions: Now offered to non-NMMA members too.

NMMA has been exhibiting at METS for 26 years. As a result, we benefit from prime space location, allowing us to pass on the benefit to our pavilion exhibitors.

NMMA staff will be your primary contact throughout the planning process—eliminating concerns of missed deadlines, currency fluctuations, cultural differences and language barriers. As part of your turnkey package, NMMA offers the following to our Pavilion exhibitors:

  • Turn-key booth packages, starting at 9m2 and up—complete with furniture, lighting, fascia, flooring
  • Networking cocktail reception, highlighting the USA Pavilion
  • NMMA booth with complimentary coffee, refreshments and light snacks throughout the show
  • NMMA takes the lead on coordinating your entire experience - including registration, hotel, booth needs, shipping and invoicing
  • Pre-Show group networking 'Meet & Greet' Lunch, to get acquainted to with fellow exhibitors
  • Aggressive public relations and advertising campaign to help drive traffic and promote USA
  • US Department of Commerce support and guidance, on site

METS 2014 will be held November 18–20. NMMA members will benefit from preferred pricing and space allocation. For more rate information click here.

To register, complete NMMA Registration Form and Submit to: jbalzano@nmma.org

Registration Deadline: September 5, 2014. Based on space availability




For more information on any of the show(s) listed, please contact:

Julie Balzano
Director for Export Development
Tel: 954.441.3234


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