5th Edition of India Boat & Marine Show (IBMS) to be held from January 27th to 29th at Kochi

ON  14 Jan, 2023

India Boat & Marine Show (IBMS), which has emerged as the country’s premier boat and marine industry-related expo with its four editions, will be held at a new venue at Kochi Marine Drive Grounds from January 27th to 29th.

Kerala has been the maritime gateway to South India with a very long coast line. Kochi, the queen of Arabian Sea placed along this coast line, has always kept its doors open to the maritime industry. Kochi Port, an all-weather port, is most strategically located on the east west trade route. No other Indian port enjoys this proximity to the maritime highway as Kochi port. All these factors fuelled the growth of Kochi as a maritime hub.

With this in context, the event will include a full range of stakeholders in the recreational and leisure boating market including speed boats, engines, navigational and other systems and equipment, and other supply and service providers. The event will not be just about boats and marine equipments, but will cover all water sports and activities. More than 50 exhibitors will display their products and services at the expo while we expect more than 5000 business visitors from across the region, said Joseph Kuriacose, Director of Cruz Expos, organisers of IBMS 2023.

The event is supported and endorsed by Department of Industries, Govt of Kerala, KMRL, KMB, IWAI, Cochin Port Authority, Kerala Tourism, Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and IMU. K-BIP is also putting-up a 20 stalls’ Industry Pavilion for Kerala-based SME’s from this sector.

Special Attraction of the Event: Cochin Motor Boat Rally 2023 will be held on January 28th from Kumarakom to Kochi backwaters.

Technical Sessions will also be held on the infrastructural and equipment requirements such as marine crafts like pleasure crafts and small crafts, marinas, seaplanes and trained manpower which play an important role in addressing the tourism and water transportation sectors on the 1st day.

The organizers also said people of Kerala are increasingly getting attracted to enjoy recreational time on water and with KMRL’s Water Metro to be commissioned by this month –end will now be focussing on developing the district’s inland boating and marine facilities into a world class facility. The project is a step forward in India’s self-reliant initiative of AtmaNirbhar Bharat and represents the collective efforts of CSL, KMRL and IRS.

Well-equipped marinas and marine recreational and sports activities need to be encouraged by the both central & state governments. With proper infrastructure and equipment, India as well as Kerala can fast become a first-choice destination for cruising and inshore water sports for the local and international tourists.

The event is organised by Kochi-based Cruz Expos who have been conducting the boat shows in Kochi and also have been regularly organising the popular FoodTech Kerala & HotelTech Kerala series of B2B trade exhibitions in Kerala for the past 12 years. Within a short span of 15 years, Cruz Expos has become one of South India’s foremost professional exhibition organisers in the B2B segment.

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