MYBA The Worldwide Yachting Association has for some time now been debating where next to hold its annual charter yacht show.
The show began in San Remo Italy and after a few incarnations was moved to Mollo Vechio in Genoa under the organisation of yacht agents Pesto Sea Group. There it has remained for the last 16 years.
Now after careful and methodical deliberation the trade association has reached a decision regarding the venue that will host their show for the next three consecutive years.
Barcelona, ahead of shortlisted competitor cities, Nice and Genoa is the final choice, and OneOcean Port Vell the city-based superyacht marina that relaunched in January 2015 after a multi-million pound investment has been confirmed as the venue and will stage the show for at least the next three years.
The 2017 MYBA Charter Show is set to run 24TH – 27TH APRIL next year.
MYBA Charter Shows Panel Chairman, James Graham-Cloete said, “The decision to award the contarct to Barcelona was the result of a comprehensive survey across our members & the previous attendees of the Show, followed by an in depth review of the myriad of factors which contribute to the overall success of the Show, both financially and from the perspective of all attendees. From the short-list of venues, OneOcean Port Vell came out on top. Furthermore, MYBA hope that bringing the Show to Barcelona, will further speed up and enhance any progress in opening up the charter market & regulations in these attractive cruising grounds.”
One of the deciding factors was the fact that OneOcean Port Vell is capable of berthing 68 yachts ranging from 22m – 190m. Accessibility and availability of suitable accommodations were also of great significance. Barcelona’s international airport operates daily direct flights from 182 destinations and is only a 25 minute drive away from the marina.
Over 600 hotel rooms are within a 3km radius of the marina and the famous Las Ramblas is only a ten minute walk away.
The 2017 MYBA Charter Show will be held across OneOcean Port Vell’s four Quays, Spanish Quay and Barceloneta Quay, Deposit Quay and Sota Muralla Quay. The entire marina’s 930 linear metres of quay will be used to house exhibitor tents, with the majority located directly in front of where the yachts will be berthed.