PANAJI: The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the 4th Annual ‘Goa International Marine and Boat Expo’, at Campal grounds, on Friday. The exhibition has been organized by Media Promotions Pvt. Ltd., and will be open to the public for 3 days, from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Following the inauguration, the chief guest went around the stalls and expressed keen interest in the exhibits. He was accompanied by the Directors of Media Promotions Pvt Ltd, Mr Kedar Dhume and Mr Clive Sequeira. The three-day event is sponsored by Mathias Ocean Park Residency, Goa’s upcoming premium & contemporary real estate brand. The boat show has also received support from Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), while the Board Sailing Association of India and Goa Yachting Association are event partners. The expo, is supported by BMW- Bavaria Motors and has The Navhind Times as their media partner and Asia Pacific Boating & VIVA GOA as its media partner.
Mr Parrikar praised the organisers of the event, as holding such an event for 4 years is a great accomplishment and further noted that exhibitions of such nature would largely boost tourism as well as the marine and boat industry in Goa, and make the state an international hub for such industry. He interacted with a number of dealers of the boats and expressed interest in utilising the boats on display to improve transportation along Goa’s inland waterways, thereby reducing congestion on roads.
The expo, which will continue till Sunday, December 16 displays power boats, cruisers & luxury yachts, roll on roll off ferries, sports boats & water sports, kites, kayaks & canoes, marine accessories & equipments, Docks & pontoon systems, hovercrafts & pedal boats. A number of international luxury boats, yachts and marine brands including Acr Dock, Airberth, Bayliner, Chinkara Marine, Dan Fenders, Eclipse Kites, Edgewaker, Fairline, Ferretti, Feelfree Kayaks, FCRR boats- Nautical Lines, Gill, Grand Soleil, Holt, Jeanneau, Kaiyan, Kawasaki, Litmus Marine, Majesty, Kashec India, Marlow, Mercury Marine, Mercury Inflatables, Meridian Yachts, Monterey, Nautitech, Navgathi Marine, Novurania, Oryx Peterlynn Kites, Praga Marine, Prestige, Princess, Regal, Silver Craft, Sea Ray, Sea Royal, Sessa Marine, Sea Scan Marine, Sealine, S S Marine, Sun Marine, Viking Yachts, Walkerbay, Water Wish and Yamaha are participating.
A special section on super luxury lifestyle products also form part of this exhibition. They include ‘Ocean Park Residency’- premium sea-facing apartments and an exclusive auto pavilion with a grand display of 4 BMW car models, including the latest BMW 6 series coupé. There is also a display of the all-terrain vehicle, the Polaris ATV.
A large number of visitors including professionals associated with the marine and boat industry, high-end tourists enamoured by sailing, managements of high-end hotels, boat charter operators and agents, as well as state port and maritime authorities were seen at the exhibition, which provided an opportunity for locals with a passion for boating & yachting to witness such a event in Goa.