Running concurrently with the 32nd edition of the Palma Boat Show (30 April – 4 May) was the third edition of the Palma Superyacht Show.  Organisers posted record figures with 62 participating yachts (with a balanced ratio between motor and sail – making it the largest sailing superyacht show in existence), 42 exhibitors and 6,000 guests.

Network Marine Consultants was present for the second year running and Director Patricia Bullock said, “Traffic to our exhibition stand never stopped, all day every day.  Many professional visitors came from outside Spain, such as brokers from France, Monaco and Italy, alongside Graeme Weir, Senior Marine Surveyor for the Isle of Man Registry, who joined our stand.  All, especially those who had never visited Mallorca before, were hugely impressed.  The cityscape backdrop, including Palma’s imposing waterfront Cathedral, was much admired, as was the weather, food, and general ambience.  The Show was seriously positive for Palma’s reputation as a yachting destination.”

Patricia finishes, “While the Show itself was mainly a PR exercise for us, people don’t turn up to these events with a chequebook requesting a superyacht charter licence, it certainly served the purpose of saying it is ‘business as usual’ in Spain.  Network Marine Consultants is continuing to process charter licences and cruising permits for EU owned or operated yachts with no problem – and indeed for non-EU companies and non-EU-flagged yachts, just with a little more investigation into the flag state and VAT situation.  Anything is possible, Spain’s doors are open to charter, and this Palma Superyacht Show sent that message loud and clear.”

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