Official invitation to book your stand for Skipper Expo Int. Galway
Skipper Expo Int. Galway 2014 - 7 and 8 March 2014
Those attending the forthcoming 10th anniversary Skipper Expo Int. Galway 2014 look set to enjoy one of the best shows ever with already an incredible amount of interest from visitors and exhibitors alike.
From humble beginnings – the first show 10 years ago had 57 stands and an estimated 2000 visitors – it has grown to such an extent that the last expo in March 2013 was double in size in terms of both exhibitor and visitor numbers. The hallmark of the Galway expo is the friendly atmosphere combined with its proven track record in being a great place to do business.
As well as the excellent turnout from visitors from fishing ports throughout Ireland, there is always an incredibly strong visitor presence from Scotland and other parts of the UK, as well as from throughout Europe.
Star attractions this year will include boat displays and the highly popular exhibitor’s buffet. There will also be the facility for visitors to pre-register nearer the date of the show so as to beat those queues!
The effectiveness of the Galway expo as a serious place to do business is underlined by the tremendous feedback show organiser Mara Media continually receives from exhibitors.
Commenting on the 2013 expo, Don Vokey of eSonar, said: “eSonar was delighted with the Skipper Expo Int., Galway this year. The exhibition was well organized and very well attended. We were very pleased with the business we conducted and will be following up with many of those customers we met during the two-day event. Of course, eSonar will definitely be returning to the Skipper Expo Int., Galway in 2014.”
This is a view supported by Fionnuala Cunningham of EK Marine Ltd. She said: “This was EK Marine Ltd first time at Galway Fish Expo. We were very impressed with the overall setup of stands and the support that the hotel offered to all exhibitors. Well done to Sharon and Hugh on a job well done. We received a lot of interest in the hydraulic services offered by EK Marine and a huge response to the range of engines on display, to which we received several orders and enquiries.”
And as James McColgan of North West Labels points out, attending the show can bring long-lasting benefits. “We made many new friends and formed some lasting business relationships,” he said.
Peter Burke from Union Chandlery said: “This was our second year in a row at the show and I was amazed at the size of the crowds this year. Great fun and a nice bit of business done. Well organised and anything we required as an exhibitor we were gladly furnished with.”
To put the expo into context, the 2013 show attracted 117 exhibitors – an increase of 25 compared with the previous year – with an estimated 4,000 people attending over the two days.
Sharon Boyle of Mara Media said: “We believe that the 10th anniversary Galway show being held on 7 and 8 March 2014 will be even more popular, meaning that now is time to put the show dates into your diary and plan ahead. This really will be a show to remember.”
Another date to pencil in is the highly popular Aberdeen fishing show that will be staged on 30 and 31 May 2014, and with our inaugural Bristol show just about to go ahead as Irish Skipper went to press, this too will now be a regular feature of the fishing industry calendar.
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Skipper Expo Int. Galway 2013 hailed an outstanding success
This year’s Skipper Expo Int. Galway 2013 in Ireland has been hailed an outstanding success with a record number of exhibitors and excellent visitor attendance.
The expo, which was held on 1st and 2nd March, attracted 117 exhibitors – an increase of 25 compared with the previous year. The stands and displays proved a major pull for visitors with an estimated 4,000 people attending over the two days.
Sharon Boyle of show organiser Mara Media said: “This was a truly incredible show and as well as the excellent turnout from visitors from fishing ports throughout Ireland, we were particularly pleased at the number of people from Scotland and other parts of the UK.”
This was the ninth annual Galway show and there were 25 first time exhibitors at the event, which highlighted the underlying vibrancy still present in the fishing industry. One of these new exhibitors was American company Riverdale Mills, who manufacture Aquamesh®, a range of engineered wire mesh products constructed for marine use and which are ideal for lobster and crab pots, fish pens and shellfish trays.
James Knott, Jr., Executive Vice President, Riverdale Mills Corp., said: ““This was our first time attending the show and we were very impressed with the keen interest that many of the visitors had in our Aquamesh® products. Our stand was filled with visitors the entire time and many commented on the quality our products and its time saving and practical uses for making lobster traps, crab creels, and aquaculture trays and pens. The show was a huge success and we look forward to coming back next year.”
Also exhibiting for the first time was Irish company EK Marine Ltd. The company’s Fionnuala Cunningham said: “We were very impressed with the overall setup of stands and the support that the Hotel offered to all exhibitors. Well done to organisers Sharon Boyle and Hugh Bonner on a job well done. We received a lot of interest in the Hydraulic Services offered by EK Marine and a huge response to the range of engines on display, to which we received several orders and enquires. The expo attracted a lot of visitors and we were very happy with the response and positive feedback we received.”
Sharon Boyle said: “We would like to offer huge thanks to all exhibitors and visitors to the Galway expo. I would particularly like to thank the support of BIM, our show sponsor, who had a stand and their coastal training unit at the expo.
“Next year will be the 10th Galway expo and we have already had numerous enquiries from exhibitors about attending that event.”
For the more immediate future, all eyes are now turning to Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2013 show in Scotland, which will be staged on 10th and 11th May 2013 at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC). Stand space is filling up fast and it is anticipated that it too will have a particularly strong visitor attendance, now that it is a well-established event in the fishing industry calendar.
Later in the year (25th and 26th October) Mara Media is also hosting the Skipper Expo Int. Bristol – a totally new show focusing on English and Welsh fishing communities. It too is attracting strong interest.