Boat Show & Boating Festival Sri Lanka 2018, organised by Boat Building Technology Improvement Institute (BTI) and Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB), in association with Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade, Ministry of Ports and Shipping and Sri Lanka Ports Authority concluded on 28th October 2018 at Galle Yacht Marina, Port of Galle.
The Boat Building industry has identified as a leading industry and an emerging export sector and has also been identified as one of the key sectors in the National Export Strategy (NES) 2018 – 2022 for Sri Lanka.
The 6th Edition of the Boat Show commenced on October 26th with a novel concept, was the first ever boating festival in Sri Lanka organised to showcase the country’s capabilities in marine tourism, recreational boating, yachting and boat building which is mainly focused on exports.
The First Vice President of the Republic of Burundi, Mr. Gaston Sindimwo and Minister of Transport, Public Works, Equipment and Territory Management Mr. Jean Bosco Nutunzwenimana along with several former Ministers visited Boat Show 2018 on the invitation of International Trade State Minister Mr. Sujeewa Senasinghe, who graced the opening ceremony as the guests of honour.
Number of international buyers and visitors were visited the Boat Show from countries such as Maldives, Sweden, Italy, UAE, India, Poland, Belgium, Pakistan, Seashells and Mauritius.
Special Features at the Boat Show and Boating Festival 2018, Sri Lanka
Ocean Academy was an ideal platform for Maritime Studies. This is an interdisciplinary academic field that embraces the liberal arts as the foundation for exploring humankind’s critical and continually evolving connections with the world’s waterways and watersheds. They invited the educational institute to demonstrate their possible activities at the site and take this opportunity to promote their course and training program in the maritime field.
Sun and Sand Festival
Sun and Sand Festival gave the opportunity for all the visitors to enjoy the weekend by engaging in the following activities in addition to the visit to the exhibition. The following action stations created a unique atmosphere at the carnival.
- Floating Restaurants and Marine thematic Cafeterias
- Sea Cam – Photo sessions
- Water Sports- Kayaking, Jet skiing, Rowing, Boat rides, Boat races, Rowing races, Diving, snorkeling among others
- Kids’ thematic play areas and amusement park
Mobile Marine Museum
The National Maritime Museum in Galle, Sri Lanka is situated within Galle Fort.
With the support of the Galle National Marine Museum, the organizers prearranged a specific area where the officials can exhibit and arrange special tours to the Marine Museum. This attracted more visitors and benefited the museum and the boat show and the boating festival.
THE INDUSTRY AT A GLANCE and SUCCESS
Boat and Ship Building is a lucrative and a thriving industry which was capitalized by the western world during the previous decade in Sri Lanka. The center for manufacturing boats is now moving towards developing countries from the developed countries mainly due to the competitive labour costs and the skilled and highly trainable workforce offered by these countries. The increase demand for boats worldwide for fishing, industrial, commercial and recreation purposes open up huge opportunities and new markets for the Boat Building in Sri Lanka, due to its strategic location, highly trainable workforce and labour cost advantage.
Boat show and Boating Festival 2018 focused its attention towards the government and private investment in marina development and management and establishment of boat parks with all the recreational amenities.