Cocktail parties at the stands, press talks and onboard parties, gala dinners in Monte Carlo’s grand hotels: there were about 100 events this year. A record.
And each one an opportunity to expand one’s business network or promote one’s company among a private and professional clientele.
Another record this year was the attendance figure quoted by organisers to have exceeded 33,000 comprising of luxury yachting companies, yacht owners, wealthy customers and representatives of future purchasers.
All converged on Monaco to meet up at the yacht show’s 500 stands and aboard the hundred-odd superyachts on show.
This year the showcase spread along the Port Hercule quayside. Offshore 120 superyachts were at anchor, directly linked by tenders to the exhibitors on the docks. The constant to and fro of tenders showed that rendezvous diaries with potential buyers were full.
The official visit of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco to the Monaco Yacht Show was the occasion this year for three superyachts to be awarded trophies
The 2012 MYS design award went to sailing yacht Vertigo (67.2m, Alloy Yachts) for the outstanding work by French naval architects Philippe Briand and Christian Liagre. The trophy, a superb crystal glass sailing yacht, was made by MYS partner Baccarat.
The Green Star Class 2012 certificate for boats built in compliance with rigorous environmental standards was awarded to Better Place (50.5m, Wally) and Aslec 4 (45m, Rossinavi) by Italian ship classification company RINA