European Boating Industry (EBI) and boot Düsseldorf are extending their partnership by a further two years. Philip Easthill, Secretary General of European Boating Industry, which is based in Brussels, and Petros Michelidakis, boot Düsseldorf Project Director, signed the agreement in September 2020.
Easthill: “Extending the partnership with boot Düsseldorf is an important contribution to the strengthening of the European boating industry. boot will be playing a major role in the ‘rebooting’ of the industry in these difficult times. The boating industry will finally have an opportunity to present its innovations and technical developments to the international boating community again. We are delighted to be able to continue working with Petros and his team.”
The partnership between EBI and boot Düsseldorf includes the annual Breakfast Meeting of the industry at the trade fair as well as the provision of comprehensive advice about specific industry issues. The association also helps to establish key contacts to the industry and European political bodies.
Michelidakis explains: “The ongoing co-operation with EBI is crucial to boot Düsseldorf’s continued international success. It enables us to maintain effective contact with the industry between the trade fairs on-site in Düsseldorf and to remain constantly on the ball where the latest issues and questions are concerned.”
The partnership also represents a strategic relationship for boot. The aim of the co-operation is to safeguard the future of the water sports industry in Europe by focussing on its growth and needs.
The “International Breakfast Meeting” (IBM) at boot 2021 on 26. January is an important event in this context. This is where representatives of manufacturers, the EU institutions and the media as well as trade visitors will be coming together for an intensive dialogue about the upcoming water sports season.
“boot Düsseldorf has been a strong supporter of EBI for many years now and we are very proud to be able to call ourselves a boot partner”, explains Easthill, while Michelidakis adds: “Close co-operation with the European association is extremely important in this special situation. Together we will succeed in overcoming the present difficulties and stimulating the water sports industry.”
EBI is a European organisation that represents the recreational boating industry. It encompasses associations from nine different European countries. Further information about the activities of EBI can be found on the website https://www.europeanboatingindustry.eu/.
Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA e.V.): it is possible for trade fair visitors and exhibitors to enter Germany
The Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA e.V.) emphasises that it is in general possible for trade fair participants to enter Germany. There are no travel restrictions on visitors from EU member states and from countries on the positive list. Trade fair participants from all other countries are also allowed to enter the country, because they are considered to be businesspeople who have an important reason to travel. Trade fair participants from these countries are required to prove their participation in the trade fair when they enter Germany. Employees of companies that are exhibiting have to present a confirmation from the trade fair organiser that they are taking part in the event. Trade fair visitors need to submit their admission ticket to the trade fair as well as proof of a business appointment with at least one exhibitor on-site at the trade fair. The latest information about the entry requirements for exhibitors and visitors from Europe and overseas who are coming to Germany can be found on the website https://www.auma.de/en/exhibit/legal-matters/entry-requirements (source: AUMA e.V.)
About boot Düsseldorf
From 23. to 31. January 2021, boot Düsseldorf is presenting yachts, boats, boards and diving equipment as well as water sports destinations and chartering companies in Halls 1 to 17 on the exhibition site in Düsseldorf. There will be plenty of activities to try out in the coming year too, such as “THE WAVE”, the 65-metre flatwater pool with the trendy new sport wingsurfing as one of the attractions, the new diving tower with panoramic views or the popular canoeing facility – with appropriately safe distancing measures guaranteed this time.