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Boat industry forecasts sales grow for 2010

Reports from the boat exhibitions of Central Europe tell of livelier boat sales. The Finnish boat industry also believes its sales will start growing once again. Preparations for the 2010 Helsinki International Boat Show, which will be held at the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre on 13-21 February, have progressed well and are now in their final stages. 343 exhibitors have signed up, which equals the numbers achieved during the boat market's best growth years on record.

The first signs of boat sales growth in 2010 have already manifested themselves. "We think that boats will once again sell well in Finland and expect the sector's sales to grow by 5-7% this year," says Jouko Huju, Managing Director of the Finnish Marine Industries Federation Finnboat.

Preparations for the 2010 Helsinki International Boat Show have progressed positively throughout the year, in spite of the challenging economic situation. "The strong investment the sector is together making in the opening event of the season will be evident in not only the number and quality of the products and services being displayed, but also in how the other content of the fair has developed. Over 300 programme items are being realised in close cooperation with exhibitors to provide both experienced boaters and beginners with topical and useful information as well as some entertainment," Jouko Huju continues.

All of the extensive programme can be experienced for the price of admission. New venues include the Travel Minitheatre in the sailboat hall and a programme stage in the motorboat hall.

In addition to boats, on display at fair will be a diverse array of services for boaters, a dedicated totality for summer cabin boaters, new engine models, ever more sophisticated navigation devices and other electronics products, routing software, clothing and supplies as well as must-hear tips for boat travel. The fair also provides visitors with the opportunity to check out a wide range of fishing supplies, procure fishing permits for 2010, try out scuba diving and to enjoy the many displays and sports presentations of the Swimmers' Pool.

The special characteristics, future and conservation of the Baltic Sea
from the perspective of the individual

A Baltic Sea themed evening being arranged in conjunction with the 2010 Helsinki International Boat Show from 5 pm onwards on Wed 17 February provides boaters with a rare opportunity to see presentations, which examine the special characteristics of our Baltic Sea, the development of its condition from the past into the future and the role and responsibilities of the boater in its conservation.

A hypermarket for boating and all things aquatic, the 2010 Helsinki International Boat Show is open at the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre from 11 am to 7 pm Mon-Fri (open until 9 pm on Thu 18 Feb) and from 10 am to 6 pm Sat-Sun (10 am to 5 pm on Sun 21 Feb). Tickets 13/9 euro, family ticket 28 euro. Admission reserved to boating sector professionals and media representatives from 10 am to 6 pm on Fri 12 Feb.

Further information about the Helsinki International Boat Show: Finnish Fair Corporation, Communications Officer Petra Samppa, tel. +358 (0)9 150 9380,

Further information about the boating industry: Finnish Marine Industries Federation Finnboat, Managing Director Jouko Huju, tel. +358 (0)9 6962 1610,