Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera from the water The Balearic Islands are the partner region for the 50th hanseboot 50th International Boat Show Hamburg At the Hamburg Fair site and In-Water hanseboot harbour at HafenCity from 24 October to 1 November 2009 (Hamburg, 8 September 2009) Turquoise bays, picturesque fishing villages and modern marinas – the Mediterranean atmosphere and virtual guarantee of sunshine have always been a big attraction for watersports enthusiasts. Majorca is not only the favourite holiday island for German tourists but also, like the neighbouring islands of Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera, a highly appealing destination for sailing and motor boats. The Balearic Islands are the partner region of the 50th hanseboot. The Balearic Islands will showcase the cultural diversity and tourism offerings of the archipelago at hanseboot. For many years now, they have been one of the most important watersport locations for Hamburg and North Germany. That is why I am so pleased that we were able to set up a partnership with hanseboot and the Balearic Islands in this anniversary year,” says Martin Muth, hanseboot Project Director. The islands will be represented with a large dedicated stand on the ground floor of Hall B4. This will include presentations by marinas, environmental protection initiatives and IB Blau, a consortium for sustainable marketing of watersport tourism set up by the islands’ government last year. Characteristic national displays are also planned. The hanseboot opening ceremony at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce will also include the partner region, which will enrich the programme of presentations and put on some special culinary treats. Other plans for hanseboot include spectacular displays by top surfers of the Spanish archipelago at the hanseboot arena in Hall B5. They will present the surfing and extreme sports festival “Mallorca Surf Action”, which has taken place every summer for the last five years at Playa de Palma. There are numerous workshops, concerts and exhibitions accompanying the event, with watersports and fun sports such as wind and kite surfing, BMX, and skating. Information will also be provided on infrastructure projects in public port facilities, and progress in environmental protection. The initiators of the hanseboot presentation are the Ministry of Tourism of the Balearic Islands together with the Tourist Information Office IBATUR and Portsib, the public port authority of the Environment Ministry of the Balearic Islands. In the past two years, a great deal of expenditure has gone into new moorings, sanitary facilities, new buoy fields and a state-of- the-art online booking system. In this anniversary year, hanseboot is for the first time taking a purely tourism-oriented partner region on board. “We intend to continue this type of cooperation in the future,” says Martin Muth. For all those who have never explored one of the beautiful harbours on the East Coast of Majorca, or who have never taken a boat to Cabrera, an island which enjoys environmental protection, they could be lucky enough to make up for it this year – everyone who buys tickets online by 30 September at www.hanseboot.de will participate in the Big Anniversary Draw, the first prize being a one-week sailing tour to the Balearic Islands (one week for two people on board a chartered boat, including their flights), sponsored by Scansail Yachts, Hamburg). For further information, please visit the website www.hanseboot.de. Online ticketing for hanseboot enables visitors to avoid waiting times on arrival at the show. It is easy and convenient to order your ticket from home, using the online service at www.hanseboot.de. That enables booking, payment and printing of tickets online. With your online ticket in your pocket, you have direct access to the fair site, so you can start your visit to hanseboot without having to queue at the cash desks. Payment is exclusively by credit card. Facts on watersports around the Balearic Islands: Germans are the largest tourist group in the Balearic Islands, making up 32%. More than four million Germans visit the islands each year. There are 65 marinas and mooring points in the Balearic Islands, for about 20,000 boats, attracting 324,522 watersports tourists last year. That gave the islands revenues totalling EUR 537.09 million. Well known international sailing regattas are held in the waters of the Balearic Islands: The Trofeo Princesa Sofía is one of the classics for Olympic sailors. The Copa del Rey held off Majorca attracts a large field of high-calibre sailors every year. The name “King’s Cup” is highly appropriate, with participation of the Spanish royal family. The major spring regatta Palma Vela includes Big Boats. The Almirante Conde de Barcelona race held in August includes a host of classic sailing yachts. The Trofeo Nacional Almirante Ferragut de Snipes off Minorca. The Ruta de la Sal and the International Sailing Week Cruises. The 50th International Boat Show Hamburg features some 700 exhibitors from 30 nations, with about 1,000 boats and yachts, including a number of premieres, and new international developments in equipment and accessories. hanseboot 2009 will be held at the Hamburg Fair site and the In-Water hanseboot harbour from 24 October to 1 November, with opening times from 10:00 to 18:00 at both weekends (on Saturday and Sunday in each case) and 10:00 to 19:00 from Monday to Friday. For further information, please visit the website www.hanseboot.de Ed: Saskia Ostermeier, Tel.: +4940 3569 2445, Fax: +4940 3569 2449; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Press copy and photos, and hall plans available for download at www.hanseboot.de.