Sri Lanka marine industry to stage virtual boat show

Virtual Boat Show Sri Lanka 2021 is being organised by Boat Building Technology Improvement Institute (BTI) together with the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB), in association with the Sri Lanka Ministry of Trade.

During a virtual launch of the show by Dr. Bandula Gunawardena, minister of trade, accompanied by JMB Jayawardena, secretary of trade, and Suresh de Mel, chairman of the EDB, the objectives of the show were confirmed.

The event will provide a “single platform for all related business sectors involved directly and indirectly in the boat and nautical tourism sector to display and promote their respective sectors for potential international and domestic clients and to assist in developing the recreational boating culture in Sri Lanka. Pre-pandemic, the Sri Lanka International Boat Show ran every two years from 2008 to 2018. This time, due to global travel constraints, we are doing the show virtually.”

The dates for the show are confirmed from 25th to 29th October 2021.

“The event will be the first ever virtual boat show in Sri Lanka organised to showcase the country’s capabilities in recreational boating and yachting, nautical tourism, boat building and related services for export and local markets,” said the organiser. “The wide range of products and services offered by this sector include yachts, pleasure and leisure boats, fishing boats, fast attack crafts, passenger, sports, rescue, coast guard and petrol boats and boat building accessories.”

During the launch presentation, the format for the virtual boat show was revealed. Exhibitors will be allocated virtual booths and profiles to display their products and services for the five-day show period and be able to interact with visitors. There will also be multiple conferences and workshops. The online platform will remain live for three months after the boat show period.

Gamini Herath, managing director of the BTI, said, “There are around 25 active boat yards around in Sri Lanka, out of which 10 to 12 boat yards have medium- to large-scale manufacturing facilities. Sri Lanka’s main export markets for boats are Singapore, India, the Netherlands, Norway, Seychelles, Maldives, the African region and Mauritius.

“We plan to attract the younger age groups towards boating with watersports events geared to the younger generation, including wake boarding, water skiing, Jet Ski racing, wind surfing, catamaran and dinghy racing. Try a boat event run by sailing clubs, a fashion show linked to a nautical theme, fishing events and demonstrations will be displayed in a virtual platform by the companies involved in the respective sectors in Sri Lanka. The show will focus its attention towards government and private investment in marina development and management and establishment of boat parks with all the recreational amenities.”

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Source: IBI News


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