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What sets boot apart from other boat shows?

The magic. You will find all types of wa­ter sports and va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tions in one place. The at­mos­phere makes vis­i­tors dream about their next va­ca­tion on, in or close to the wa­ter. There’s a dive cen­ter de­signed like a real dive base; a big, flat-wa­ter pool with tow-in, wind­surf­ing and wake­board­ing chal­lenges; and the nearly 30-foot-wide, 5-foot-high Wave. Su­pery­achts are in hall 6, with al­most all the lead­ing pro­duc­ers in the sail­ing halls.

Do you con­sider boot Düs­sel­dorf a des­ti­na­tion show for peo­ple from around the world?

Boot is cer­tainly a des­ti­na­tion show. North-Rhine West­phalia is the most pop­u­lous state in Ger­many. Düs­sel­dorf is part of Europe’s cen­ter. It is a city with a lot of his­tory and tra­di­tion. A walk by the Rhine River is re­lax­ing, even in Jan­uary. Then you can enjoy a tra­di­tional glüh­wein at one of the stands at the Fer­ris wheel in the pic­turesque Old Town.

Why would an Amer­i­can visit boot when most ma­jor brands are at boat shows in Fort Laud­erdale and Mi­ami?

Boot con­vinces with its va­ri­ety and the im­por­tance of the ex­hibits: 2,000 ex­hibitors from 68 coun­tries in 16 halls show­ing 1,500 boats and yachts. Held in Jan­uary, it is the first show of the year. You will have boats that will be shown for the first time in pub­lic.

How do you ex­pect global trade and tar­iff is­sues to af­fect the 2019 show?

To date, all U.S. ex­hibitors, ex­cept one, will be back in Düs­sel­dorf in 2019. With this num­ber of 19 com­pa­nies, the United States will have the largest par­tic­i­pa­tion from non-Euro­pean coun­tries. The boat­ing busi­ness will stay very im­por­tant.

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