boot Düsseldorf 2022 launches new ‘Blue Innovation Dock’

boot Düsseldorf and European Boating Industry (EBI) are launching the ‘Blue Innovation Dock’ (BID), a new stage at the show from 22 to 30 January 2022. The aim of BID is to bring together companies, visionaries, investors and policymakers to make the industry fit for the future, promoting sustainability and innovation. This forum, which will take place throughout the show, will discuss the steps towards a sustainable development of the industry.

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced its support and participation at the Blue Innovation Dock with a high-level political panel to discuss the development of sustainable coastal and maritime tourism. The discussion will cover the expansion of new and existing maritime and inland waterway tourism destinations, as well as governmental support for marinas and other boating infrastructure.

Setting an example for sustainability, boot and EBI want the forum to focus on new, future-oriented approaches in a special setting and encourage politics and industry to act and develop impulses. There will be networking opportunities in a dedicated BID B2B Lounge at the stage in Hall 9. Topics will range from new propulsion systems to investment opportunities and sustainable boating tourism, as well as the future development of marina infrastructure.

Previously, boot Düsseldorf launched the ‘ocean tribute’ award together with the Monegasque Prince Albert II Foundation and the German Marine Foundation, giving sustainable and visionary projects a home at the ‘love your ocean’ stand in Hall 11 at the fair.

“I am very pleased that we will be taking another step towards sustainability with boot,” says boot Düsseldorf project director, Petros Michelidakis. “With the Blue Innovation Dock we will offer companies, international associations and global organisations a public platform where they will present innovations, the latest propulsion technology or sustainable materials for boat building. In order to be able to present the topic to a broad public beyond the fair, the highlights from the BID will be streamed and can be followed live on boot.com. In this way, we are giving the idea of sustainability the space it deserves beyond the boating sector.”

Philip Easthill, secretary general of the EBI, comments: “Our industry is aware of the need to move towards sustainability. The Blue Innovation Dock is an opportunity to showcase this shift, discover the latest innovations and collaborate within our sector and beyond. We are very excited to launch this project with our partner boot Düsseldorf and take a big step towards sustainability.”

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