Genoa Boat Show’s spring event is in danger

Genoa - Nautica Italiana could change its plans, and hold the event in the coming weeks. At issue is the spring boat show, which the association of brands that left UCINA planned to hold at Genoa’s Old Port from 2017, but which now, by the choice of the organisers themselves, may be shifted to Viareggio

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Genoa - Nautica Italiana could change its plans, and hold the event in the coming weeks. At issue is the spring boat show, which the association of brands that left UCINA planned to hold at Genoa’s Old Port from 2017, but which now, by the choice of the organisers themselves, may be shifted to Viareggio. According to sources close to the matter, a definitive decision will be made by the end of July. The Ligurian government institutions, starting with the Region, asked Nautica Italiana to schedule their event with UCINA, the organisation that has been organising the traditional autumn Genoa Boat Show in the Ligurian capital for years.

But the dialogue between the association led by Lamberto Tacoli, which entrusted the organisation of the event to Fiera di Milano, and UCINA is having trouble getting off the ground, although there have already been several meetings between the parties. This is where the Region of Tuscany entered the discussion, never hiding its desire to organise a major event dedicated to the sector on its own territory, perhaps at Viareggio. Nor did Tuscany hide the fact that it would be very happy to host Nautica Italiana’s show if the association decide to set Genoa aside and shop around. And some of the most important Italian brands in the sector that are members of Tacoli’s association operate on Tuscan territory, including Azimut/Benetti and Perini Navi.

And there is more: Tuscany could also make some economic support available for the spring Boat Show to back the event and fill the docks of the port at Viareggio with mega-yachts. Also on the theme of boat shows, last week in Rome, a meeting took place between the two associations in the sector and the government.

At the meeting new Minister for Economic Development Carlo Calenda pointed out that the two organisations - which until now have been at war - should put down their weapons and come to an agreement about Genoa, or else Rome would provide no support for the events, despite the government having indicated that it would support the sector. The Region of Liguria and Porto Antico SpA were also present, and after the encounter with Minister Calenda, the meeting continued with Undersecretary Ivan Scalfarotto. But there is also another possibility that remains open for the yachting sector at the national level, which concerns Confindustria. Nautica Italiana requested to join the organisation some time ago, but for the moment it has received no response from the industrial association. UCINA’s plan, according to what Il Secolo XIX/The MediTelegraph has been told, is to create a special purpose federation to bring together the two associations for a period of three years. The two associations would be unified at the end of this three-year period.

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