THE INTERNATIONAL YACHTING EVENT.
Since 1977, the Cannes Yachting Festival takes place every September in elegant, luxurious surroundings in the sparkling bay of Cannes.
As the first show in the boating season, the Cannes Yachting Festival is Europe’s leading in-water boating event. The major players in pleasure yachting come here to launch the show season by showcasing their new worldwide models.
To mark the 41st edition of Europe’s largest in-water boat
show, the Cannes Yachting Festival press conference
was held today in the idyllic setting of Cannes Bay.
Sylvie Ernoult, Director of this unmissable event in the
yachting world, announced Cannes Yachting Festival’s desire
to contribute to the growth of the nautical sector and the
development of its French and international customer bases
by becoming the world’s largest sailing boat show while
cementing its position as Europe’s largest nautical boat show.
“For the past three years, we seen the Vieux Port become very
overcrowded both on land and in the water. We have gradually
tried to relieve the congestion in the Vieux Port by using the
spaces available at Port Canto, for example through the partial
move of the Toys space in 2017, which this year was installed
in its entirety on the quayside of Port Canto,” explains Sylvie
Ernoult. “On the other hand, in recent years our exhibitors and
customers have told us of their wishes to have larger exhibition
areas, both in the water and on land. This led us to rethink
the Cannes Yachting Festival overall for its 2019 edition. This
project was made possible after a long consultation with our
exhibitors and with the support of the City of Cannes, the CCI
Nice Côte d’Azur and many other partners,” she concludes.
Therefore, a real showcase 100% dedicated to monohull and
multihull sailing and able to accommodate over one hundred
sailing boats will be installed at Port Canto in 2019. With over
400 linear metres of quayside for monohulls and over 450 m
for multihulls, Port Canto offers its water-based facilities and
extensive areas on land to accommodate our sailing boats
and give them the space they deserve and the development
potential they require. Following these moves, the Vieux Port
will be dedicated to the motor nautical industry, therefore
giving shipyards and equipment manufacturers larger areas to
exhibit their products. This major reorganisation is part of a
desire to serve the interests of “motor” and “sailing” exhibitors,
to give them greater visibility and reinforce the legitimacy of
the Cannes Yachting Festival.
“Historically, sailing has always been highly represented at the
Cannes Yachting Festival, weighing in at more than 20% of the
boats on display. This is a much higher proportion than the
global market share of this segment,” explains Sylvie Ernoult. “It
was therefore a natural and obvious choice for us to reconsider
the layout of the show and to move the Sailing sector to the
other side of the Croisette, around ten minutes (by water
shuttle) from the Vieux Port,” she adds.
This complete reorganisation of the show will therefore
- a significant increase of the exhibition space available to offer
visitors a global overview of yachting,
- a better geographical segmentation and new organisation
by type of boat, with the Vieux Port reserved for new motor
- a better representation of the brands,
- improved exhibition conditions,
- a simplified visitor route for buyers and visitors,
- a wider and larger audience.
Since the Cannes Yachting Festival opened this morning, sea
lovers, yachting fans, veteran visitors or simply curious new
ones filed in to admire the best of the international offering
of motor, sailing, monohull or multihull (638 boats from 2.4 to
50 metres presented by 542 exhibitors). Boasting the ability to
offer the vast majority of shipyards present the opportunity to
offer sea trials to future buyers, the Cannes Yachting Festival is
the unmissable event for luxury yachting.
....2 ports ,10 km of boats
3 km of floating pontoons installed
4 traversantes: floating pontoons
fitted with a central section that can be
closed to allow visitors to cross the port ..
50,000 visitors 542 exhibitors (58% from abroad) , 40% of exhibitors are boat builders/importers 60% come from other activity sectors/
EXHIBITORS: 638 boats from 2,4 to 50m
219 new boats and yachts presented for the first
time at the Cannes Yachting Festival with 122
on view for the first time in the world, 46 second-hand boats from 22m exhibited in the
150 over 20 metres long
110 sailing boats (17%)
46 multihulls, including 13 motor yachts.
The Foundation Council of the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) has unanimously named Olivier Rihs as GIMS' new Managing Director. The 49-year-old manager will take over the reins from André Hefti, who has decided to retire on 1 July 2019. To ensure the seamless transfer of responsibilities, Olivier Rihs will work alongside André Hefti during the 89th GIMS in March 2019.
In Olivier Rihs GIMS has found a new Managing Director who knows both the automotive sector and the digital world inside out. He kicked off his career as the manager of a garage in Biel, before taking on the role of District Manager for two automotive brands in Bern and Biel. Between 2002 and 2017, Olivier Rihs held various positions within Scout24 in Flamatt, including four years as Managing Director of AutoScout24. In 2011, he was elected Managing Director of the group, which manages various digital platforms. He held this role until he left the group last April. His rich experience in the digital world, especially in combination with the automotive sector, was one of the main reasons he was named Managing Director by the Foundation Council. Olivier Rihs will start his new, full-time role on 1 February 2019.
Olivier Rihs, the future Managing Director of GIMS, says: "I thank the members of the Foundation Council for their confidence in me, and I look forward to this new challenge. The Motor Show is the largest trade show in Switzerland. It takes place every year, making it an unmissable event for the automotive industry in Europe and around the world. I want to work with the Motor Show and Palexpo teams to cement GIMS' appeal at a time when mobility is radically evolving. Electrification, digitisation, connectivity and new types of use are just a few examples of the major changes taking place within the automotive sector. We want to secure Geneva's role as the best platform for 21st century mobility, for both exhibitors and visitors." Maurice Turrettini, President of the GIMS Foundation Council, says: "We are delighted to have found in Olivier Rihs a real digital expert to take on the role of GIMS Managing Director. He also knows Switzerland's automotive industry and environment in particular like the back of his hand, so he is the best person to expertly guide GIMS towards an ever-more prosperous future."
André Hefti will take on full responsibility for the organisation of the Geneva International Motor Show 2019 and will remain the main point of contact for exhibitors, the general public and media representatives for this event. The Foundation Council would like to thank André Hefti for his unwavering commitment and consummate professionalism over the past eight years as Managing Director of a successful trade show: "We are sorry to see him go, but understand André Hefti's decision to retire after the 2019 Show. We wish him all the best for the future".
The 89th Geneva International Motor Show will take place on 7-17 March 2019 at Palexpo. It is the only international motor show recognised by OICA (International Organisation of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers) that takes place every year in Europe and is one of the Top 5 worldwide.
The renewed participation of Ulysse Nardin as official sponsor of the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show highlights one decade of a fruitful collaboration between the world’s leading superyacht event and the Swiss watchmaker initiated in 2009.
Gaëlle Tallarida, Managing Director of the MYS, says “the signature of the 2018 official sponsorship only three months after this year’s MYS is significant of Ulysse Nardin’s trust into the Show’s development strategy to liaise the brand with the superyacht clientele. The Monaco Yacht Show is the ultimate superyacht lifestyle rendezvous and we thank Ulysse Nardin for their active participation in the show’s success for ten years.”
This official sponsorship is, for Patrick Pruniaux, new CEO of Ulysse Nardin since September 2017, an indisputable statement of recognition towards the luxury yachting community. “Ulysse Nardin is proud to be the official sponsor of Monaco Yacht Show for the 10th consecutive year. The company’s earliest renown came from its links to the nautical world: its marine chronometers are among the most reliable ever made, still sought by collectors around the world. Our seafaring heritage stretches back to 1846! MYS is a perfect partner for Ulysse Nardin, offering the brand the ideal environment to highlight its expertise, innovation and DNA.”
During the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show, Ulysse Nardin will display its collections of luxury timepieces and the special 2018 MYS model in limited series in the Upper Deck Lounge, the exhibition-lounge area reserved for the MYS luxury partners and the Show’s high-end participants.