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Update for METSTRADE
The 2023 edition of METSTRADE will be setting the future of marine equipment from 15.11.2023 until 17.11.2023 at the Amsterdam RAI in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Organisers have stressed that they are monitoring the situation, and they will not implement for the time-being Covid-19 prevention measures. This is because of the country's government removing the pandemic-related restrictions during the first months of 2022.
METSTRADE has achieved the status of the largest trade fair for boats and marine equipment in the world, and if you’re involved in yacht manufacture, there’s no other event you have to add to your calendar. The international trade fair has been active since 1988 and focuses market forces in just one location from every relevant region.
You’ll encounter the event under a variety of names, such as the Marine Equipment Trade Show or simply METS, or a combination of both names. The main focus, of course, falls on ultra-modern boats and yachts, which are often shown for the first time in the entire world, but METSTRADE serves every aspect connected with boat upkeep.
The product portfolio extends to propulsion, security equipment, ship fittings, boat accessories, boat electronics, boat equipment, communication equipment, navigation, paints, ship furniture and sail clothes.
Amsterdam, Netherlands harbors METSTRADE and the trade fair is an annual affair that is held later in the year, usually around the second half of November. Editions take place at Amsterdam RAI, which is also the official organiser of the event.
Programming spans the period of three days, and only professional visitors are admitted to the exhibition grounds. The working hours are set for the period 10:00 am until 18:00 pm for the first two days. The final day wraps up two hours earlier at 16:00 pm.
Amsterdam RAI is the easiest exhibition centre to reach whether you’re renting a car, relying on public transport or just wish to walk. You have numerous options at your disposal, from buses to even renting bikes or a scooter to get there in time.
What Are People Saying?
“METSTRADE is the first trade show we have participated in and we are very satisfied with the results. We have met many high-quality visitors and generated a great deal of publicity, which were exactly the reasons why we decided to exhibit here,”
– Steyn van Driessel, sales marketing executive at We Ship Yachts;
“Once again, METSTRADE Show provided an excellent opportunity for the Drew Marine Signal & Safety team to meet with global distributors from as far afield as New Zealand, Singapore, Middle East and Africa as well as from all over Europe,”
– Chris Feibusch, Head of Global Marketing at Drew Marine Signal & Safety;
“By far THE best place to meet our customers from all over the world - and to find new ones with no doubt!”
- Pierre Calmon, Export Director at Resoltech Epoxy Resins;
“METSTRADE is a wonderful opportunity to meet the global marine market within only 3 days. Enjoy the momentum and for sure you get inspired and see chances for growth,”
- Marjolijn Lieberom, Senior Marketing Coordinator at Thetford Europe
Audience & Statistics
METSTRADE maintains a steady upward trajectory with last edition improving on the numbers previously. There were close to 27,000 trade visitors in attendance (a market improvement from 2018 when it attracted a little over 26,000 trade visitors). The same jump can be observed in the number of exhibitors as well. In 2019, there were 1670 exhibitors compared to the 1500+ in 2019.
As an exhibitor, you’re best positioned to reach predominantly European markets with France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom having the biggest numbers outside the Netherlands. The breakdown in professional background is also highly varied. Alongside the dealers and retailers, distributors, importers and exporters, and manufacturers, items such as the I-nnovationLAB and E-nnovationLAB attract consultants, marina management, naval architects, boat engineers, yacht designers and interior designers.
To get the most out of your trip to METSTRADE as an exhibitor, you need to plan every single detail about your business. Hotel accommodation for METSTRADE alone is stressful enough, not taking into account the need to reserve meeting facilities and organising the installation of the fair booth.
All of the above can be resolved with the assistance of Trade Fair Trips ltd. We’re veterans when it comes to providing accommodation for exhibitions and supporting exhibitors. You come to us with a budget and we help you identify the best deals in Amsterdam that meet your standard.
We know you value your time, which is why we work to identify affordable hotels near Amsterdam RAI to reduce your commute. One consultation is all we need to then send you result the very next day. It’s that simple to get everything in order with us.
Past Editions of METSTRADE
METSTRADE 2021 was hosted as a face-to-face trade show with rigorous Covid-19 safety precautions in place. The hosting venue, Amsterdam RAI, implemented safety measures like the use of mandatory face masks. There were 11.936 professionals from 63 countries in attendance. This included 8.459 visitors and 3.477 exhibiting companies.
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How to get to METS
from Amsterdam Centraal railway station it is an hour walk (4.5km) OR alternatively 26 min bike ride
from Amsterdam Centraal railway station = 16 min (6.4km)
from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
By public transport:
from Amsterdam Centraal railway station take M52 which will take you directly to the expo centre for 8 min (only 4 stops!)
from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol take train 5755 (Sprinter) for 2 stops to Amsterdam RAI Station and then walk another 8 min to the exhibition centre (a total ot 17 min journey)