UCINA pins all hopes on Genoa

Genoa - One event is better than two, or three, at least for the moment. The Genoa Boat Show, the traditional one, is to be the only one on which UCINA will invest its resources. The possibility of also holding a boat show in Venice is no longer there, and the same applies to the idea of holding the used yacht show in Genoa

di Matteo Dell’Antico

Genoa - One event is better than two, or three, at least for the moment. The Genoa Boat Show, the traditional one, is to be the only one on which UCINA will invest its resources. The possibility of also holding a boat show in Venice is no longer there, and the same applies to the idea of holding the used yacht show in Genoa as well.

The announcement was made by Massimo Perotti, former UCINA chairman, who stood in for current head, Carla Demaria, on the opening day of the Boat Show, which began last Tuesday. “For now there are no other exhibitions being planned,” said Perotti, who is the CEO at Sanlorenzo Shipyard, to Secolo XIX-The MediTelegraph. “The Venice experience was not successful,” added Perotti, “but not on account of Confindustria’s yacht-sector. With regard to the other exhibition, however, it has not been rescheduled.”

It was UCINA, itself, which at the last Genoa Boat Show had, in a grand manner, announced an ambitious programme of three exhibitions for 2016, to comprise - in addition to the Genoa Show in September, a boat exhibition in the capital of Veneto, and one more to coincide with Genoa’s Spring Fair. The two planned exhibitions have, however, never materialized because, in the course of last year, the Confindustria yacht-sector cancelled them even before they began. Another new twist: UCINA’s wholly-owned subsidiary company set up to organize trade fairs, “I Saloni Nautici”, will, in 2017, exclusively concern itself with the Genoa Boat Show.

The boating event, which this year will conclude on Sunday, is one which UCINA has always claimed to strongly support, even after the membership rift which led some brands to exit from the yacht sector of Confindustria, turning their back on the Genoese exhibition, and creating the Nautica Italiana association. And that industry split was just one of the topics that was mentioned in the course of the Genoa show yesterday. “I am delighted with the opening of Nautica Italiana, we share an enthusiasm for exhibitions. I think it will be the market that will bring a reconciliation, a double-digit growth like the one we are seeing in our industry, does not exist anywhere else,” said Carla Demaria in response to comments by Nautica Italiana vice-president, Giovanna Vitelli, on the need for unity within the industry, which appeared in an interview to Corriere della Sera. But yesterday’s session of the Genoese exhibition, following its inaugural day, was another day where a good number of visitors was recorded.

In the morning, the boating fete was visited by the Minister of Heritage, Cultural activities and Tourism, Dario Franceschini, who pointed out that in recent years state policies had impacted the marine sector, creating many problems “due to the misconception that yachting is exclusively for the rich and, hence was not given priority.” “I’m told,” he continued, “that I’m the first Minister of Tourism to attend the show. This in itself, is proof of how much the political establishment needs to catch up. Those who play a role in government must take on, even if they don’t have them, the responsibilities of those who preceded them.”

As well as Franceschini, Roberto Maroni also arrived in Genoa yesterday. The governor of the Lombardy Region stated that in recent months, “there have been meetings with Fiera Milano [Milan Trade Fair] to discuss how to enhance the industry.” And yet on the topic of whether to move the event elsewhere, he declared: “Genoa is the best location.”

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