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International Shows

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  • Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS)
  • Korea International Boat Show
  • Cartagena International Boat Show

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

November 18–20, 2014

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



Join the NMMA/North America Pavilion at Korea International Boat Show (KIBS)

June 12–15, 2014 – Seoul, Korea

In just six years, the Korea International Boat Show (KIBS) has grown to become one of the 3 leading boat shows in Asia. South Korea’s leading event in the leisure marine industry, KIBS will be held at the state of the art exhibition center – KINTEX. 

Why Korea?

Korea’s extensive natural coastline (more than 12,000 km) is ideal for recreational boating, with inland waterways connected to Seoul and fantastic inshore coastal recreational fishing due to mature artificial reefs. Twenty marinas are now open and operational throughout Korea with plans for 14 more. Fishing and scuba diving are increasing in popularity.

The recreational boating market in Korea is steadily growing with boat registrations increasing an average of 16% annually and a unit increase of 10,000 vessels over the past six years. Currently the greatest demand is for the outboard power boat category including sport fishing boats less than 10m. There is also a growing interest in larger “cruiser” motorboats as the rapid expansion of coastal berthing in new marinas has created a cruising corridor from the center of Seoul down the west coast.

Since the U.S. Congress ratified the U.S. – Korea Free Trade Agreement, new opportunities for U.S. exporters to sell American manufactured goods and services is expected to increase. Korea is the United States’ 8th largest export market and the U.S. is, for Korea, the 3rd largest importer.

Nearly 95 percent of consumer and industrial products will become duty free within the next three years. Most remaining tariffs will be eliminated within the next 8 years. These low barriers to market entry, coupled with “Made in America” quality and prestige, make U.S. imports highly competitive in the Korean market.


KIBS is an effective business networking platform for domestic and international companies. Occupying more than 28,000m2 of exhibition space, 446 exhibitors and buyers from 33 countries, KIBS is now considered by many to be one of the leading boat shows in Asia. As an exhibitor, you’ll have exposure to domestic and regional boat builders, importers, distributors and dealers as well as marina developers, owners and operators and government procurement officials, all with the support of the NMMA.

The 7th edition of the Korea International Boat Show will be held at the state-of-the-art KINTEX Exhibition and Convention Center from June 12–15, 2014. Located in the Seoul Metropolitan Area, near both domestic and international airports, KINTEX is one of the world's most modern and convenient exhibition sites and guarantees easy access to Seoul’s diverse and economically stable population.

Who Should Exhibit?

  • Power boats (all types) including fishing boats and pontoon boats(Recreational Boats manufactured to current international recognized standards are accepted)
  • Personal watercraft (PWC), wakeboards, waterskies and windsurf equipment
  • Safety equipment including life vests
  • Navigation, communication and electronic equipment
  • Maintenance & after-market boat care products
  • Diving equipment & services
  • Fishing tackles, accessories and services
  • Marina design, development, equipment and marina management services
 Early Bird Incentives include 3 Nights Hotel! Register by April 23rd!

Registration deadline is April 23, 2014.To register, submit your application to

Julie Balzano, Export Development Director: jbalzano@nmma.org

For exhibition costs, click here.

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

March 21 – 23, 2014


Registration WILL open in 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.


If your company is interested in this market, please contact Julie Balzano for further details.Tel: 954-441-3230: jbalzano@nmma.org 


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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