Düsseldorf/Brussels, 14 October 2021 – 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 BID will bring together companies, visionaries, investors and policymakers to make the industry fit for the future and promote sustainability and innovation through boot Düsseldorf's unique platform. This exceptional 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) announces its participation at the Blue Innovation Dock with a high-level political panel on the development of sustainable coastal and maritime tourism. This 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.
The BID is actively supported by EBI and will set an example for sustainability for the first time next January. With the forum, boot and EBI want to focus on new, future-oriented approaches in a speects a home at the "love your ocean" stand in Hall 11 at the fair. It is thus an important driver of innovation in the water sports industry and is continuing this tradition with the BID.
In addition to the successful partnership between EBI and boot Düsseldorf for the annual "International Breakfast Meeting", the cooperation will now be extended to address the most important challenges facing the industry and to find solutions. EBI will thus present the drivers of a sustainable maritime industry at boot Düsseldorf 2022, design the BID program and will be able to attract exciting speakers and panel participants.
boot Düsseldorf Project Director Petros Michelidakis: "I am very pleased that we will be taking another step towards sustainability with boot. 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, says: "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."