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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 NOW OPEN!


Colombia: A blossoming recreational boating market!

Building on the success of the first U.S.A. Pavilion at the Cartagena International Boat Show (CIBS), the NMMA will again take the lead on organizing the U.S.A. Pavilion at the 2015 show. Join us March 21–23, 2015, at the Cartagena de Indias Convention Center in Colombia.

CIBS is the perfect venue for the industry to gather to establish contacts and strengthen business ties in this blossoming market.

One of the oldest democracies in Latin America, Colombia has a middle-income population, rich history and privileged geographical location. Consequently, it is quickly 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 continued commitment to grow nautical tourism and recreational boating, Colombia continues to grow as a market of importance for our industry.

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 to meet the growing demand of both nautical tourism and domestic boating.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry & Tourism has publicly declared the development of Nautical Tourism in Colombia a top priority. The 2014 reelection of President Santos means this commitment is expected to remain in place.

Promising Areas for U.S. Exporters:

As of May 2014, U.S. exports of boats and engines to Colombia were up 16% over YOY. Opportunities in this quickly expanding market include:

  • Boat and yacht sales (fishing, cruising, center-consoles, sailing, tow boats)
  • Engines
  • Marina design and development
  • Charter brokers and operators
  • Training Institutions
  • Navigation equipment
  • Oils and lubricants
  • Fishing tackle
  • Safety equipment
  • Scuba diving
  • Water toys, kayaks, jet skis and more.

We encourage you to contact NMMA to discuss your specific export opportunities.


About the Show:

easyFairs®, a seasoned trade show organizer based in Bogota, has created a professional B2B and B2C boat show in Colombia for the industry to gather, establish contacts and further strengthen business ties in this emerging market. Learn more.

The NMMA has partnered with easyFairs to ensure a top notch experience for U.S. exhibitors. We have secured prime exhibition space inside the main floor of the convention center that is offered only to U.S.A. exhibitors.

As an NMMA member, you’ll benefit from preferred pricing and space selection, however the pavilion is open to all eligible U.S. based businesses.

“Our participation in the U.S.A pavilion provided Capt Harry's with many new opportunities. While we’ve done business in Colombia for many years, shows such as this allow us to reconnect with old customers as well with new ones on their own turf. Our international customers appreciate us placing an importance in their specific markets and making the effort to come to their country.”

Carl Liederman
Capt. Harry’s Fishing Supply


Space is very limited and we expect to sell out—so it is important to book early!

All USA Pavilion stands are completely turn-key and include value added features to enhance your experience:

  • Each stand is built from white shell scheme panel construction and includes 2-spotlights*, one table/3 chairs, lockable information counter with company logo on front panel, blue fascia signage with company name, NMMA branding and U.S.A. flag, marble floor, electricity and stand cleaning. *15m2 stands include 2 addt’l spotlights.
  • Company description included in Spanish language U.S.A. Exhibitor flyer. Translation of description provided at no charge.
  • Bilingual NMMA support before, during and after the show to streamline your registration and on-site experience.
  • U.S.A. pavilion refreshment area and hostess offered for the duration of the show
  • One invitation for our exclusive networking dinner, the night prior to the show. Additional invites at $80 per person.
  • NEW: Private B2B networking breakfast will be held on Sunday, March 22 within the parameters of the U.S.A. pavilion. This breakfast is designed to foster networking with all other exhibitors at the show.

Space to exhibit in the USA Pavilion is very limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

NMMA members are given priority and preferred pricing. Reserve your space today by submitting this form to jbalzano@nmma.org or call Tel: 954-441-3234. 

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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