Who will build the future?
Europe's first stand-alone trade fair for interior design, equipment and technology for passenger ships celebrated a highly acclaimed debut in September 2019, with thousands of industry professionals on the exhibition floor and renowned speakers in the conference area.
Powered by SMM, the event benefitted from the organisation and networking strength of the world's leading trade fair for the maritime industry. Moreover, the co-location with Seatrade Europe provided additional attention from the "who's who" of the cruise industry. Success factors which will remain in place in the future.
European shipbuilding has the lead
Hopeful times ahead: aiming to recover from the pandemic, the cruise and ferry industry is rebooting by addressing new consumer demand and complying with new regulatory requirements. Considerable budgets are being allocated for health and safety concepts and environmental protection, as well as refitting measures. In preparing for this new era, the cruise industry’s order books show a volume of about 80 new ships to be built by 2027 – not including the current exigencies of refitting.
More than 90% of them will be constructed in Europe, with a trend towards smaller sizes and passenger capacities, bringing to life visions from designers and architects from around the world. If you’d like to show what the future will look like, we’d love to have you on board!
River cruise industry is prepared for the restart
Applying and further optimising the hygiene concept developed by IG RiverCruise, recognised throughout the EU, the sector is embracing new and effective solutions that offer passengers and crew members the best possible protection for their river cruise experience.
A healthy market with nearly double-digit annual growth rates before the coronavirus crisis, the river cruise industry is looking ahead with confidence, as the worldwide booking numbers are promising and underline the pent-up demand that will set in as soon as travel can take place again.
Ferry market continues to grow globally
Due to international cruise travel restrictions caused by the pandemic, domestic and short-haul ferry travel attracted new customers and contributed to the robust development of this sector.
Addressing the needs of day trippers and weekenders, ferry operators are moving forward with new safety, capacity, entertainment and food service concepts, as well as with plans for fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly ferries. MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo is proud to show the interior design, equipment and technology solutions that are driving the next wave of innovation in this exciting market.