The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) and the Boat Building Technology Improvement Institute (BTI) organized the first international Virtual Boat Show Sri Lanka 2021 from 25NS -29NS October 2021.
The show was ceremoniously opened by the Hon (Dr.) Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of Commerce in the presence of Mr Dhammika Mataraarachchi, Secretary of the Ministry of State for Storage Facilities, Container Yards, Port Supply Facilities and Development of the Boating and Shipping Industry, Ms Kanthi Gunawardena, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Mr Suresh D. de Mel, Chairman EDB , Ms. Chitranjali Dissanayake, General Director, EDB, Mr. Gamini Herath, Managing Director, BTI, members of the Advisory Committee for Boat and Shipbuilding and other high-ranking guests.
The Hon. The Minister emphasized the importance of increasing export revenue from the export of non-traditional products. “I am confident that the boat and shipbuilding sector will play an important role in generating much-needed foreign exchange in the country,” Hon. Minister stated.
âThe country’s high marine diversity offers enormous potential for the development of nautical tourism, which will complement the development of the boat building sector. Therefore, it is equally important to facilitate the development of nautical tourism activities such as recreational boating, sailing, yacht charter, water sports, etc. for the benefit of the boat building sector, âsaid the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Export Development Board.
The 7thNS The edition of the Boat Show was organized virtually to continue the global presence of the show. To increase the visibility of the Sri Lankan boat and shipbuilding industry internationally, position Sri Lanka as a high quality sourcing destination for boat and shipbuilding and marine tourism, and create new business opportunities for Sri Lankan boat and shipbuilding companies during the pandemic.
After the success of the previous boat shows in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018, the virtual boat show attracted a large number of buyers and visitors, boat enthusiasts and industry experts from countries around the world.
The show was widely promoted through Sri Lankan missions abroad, industry associations, chambers, etc., and through social media.
In addition, the virtual event showcased the country’s capabilities in recreational boating and sailing, water sports, charter, water sports, boat building and related services and investment opportunities, marina infrastructure development, etc.
The virtual boat show www.bootshowsrilanka.com enabled buyers, investors, journalists and other interested parties to interact with exhibitors through live streaming, text and pre-scheduled virtual meetings.
Around 40 leading boat and shipbuilding companies, accessory manufacturers and charter operators presented their products and services on a virtual platform and 9 exhibitors from India, the Maldives, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore presented their products.
Over 500 visitors from Malaysia, Dubai, Turkey, Singapore, India, Maldives, Mauritius, South Korea, Australia etc. registered and Sri Lankan boat builders received positive inquiries from buyers. The buyer negotiations are currently ongoing.
The full-fledged virtual platform is operated for a period of 03 months, so that both exhibitors and visitors can meet their needs during this time.