5 key points – ICE is not just another boat show

ICE'23 - boat show differences

If you’re looking for an effective way to connect with the global yacht charter industry, we have your back. Boat shows are not the only option. In fact, ICE (International Charter Expo) offers many significant advantages. Have a read at the 5 key points why ICE is not just another boat show, but a must-attend trade show for the yacht charter industry.

Matchmaking Software

Unlike most boat shows, ICE provides a sophisticated matchmaking software that helps attendees connect with each other. Browse through other participating companies and representatives, check out their profiles, pre-arrange B2B meetings, and optimize time and opportunities. This can save hours of aimless wandering and waiting like at other boat shows.

Complementary Approach

ICE and boat shows are not mutually exclusive. They are complementary. While most boat shows focus on in-water displays of yachts, ICE focuses on bringing together over 550 companies and their representatives in one place. Meet decision-makers, booking managers, and central agents, as opposed to boat shows, where you meet yacht agents and yacht crew. 


ICE is open from 9 am to 6 pm, which allows you to plan your own time and take a break for lunch without closing the entire expo as it is at other boat shows – lunch break). This flexible and efficient schedule ensures that you can maximize your time and minimize your stress during the event.


With over 550 companies from more than 50 countries attending ICE, you can expect a diverse and rich mix of participants. Connect with international small and big businesses and different types of yachts and services. Whether you’re looking for bareboat or crewed & luxury yachts, you’re sure to find them at ICE.

Connections that Matter

ICE’s main focus is on connecting people and businesses that matter. More and more bareboat brokers nowadays want to meet and connect with crewed and luxury companies, and vice versa. Easily connect with both types of companies and build relationships that can last for years. It’s not just about buying and selling, but about building trust and collaboration.

In summary, ICE is not just another boat show, but a trade show that offers unique and valuable benefits to its attendees. By attending ICE, you can leverage its matchmaking software, complementary approach, convenient schedule, wide scope of participants, and connections that matter. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this dynamic and essential event for the yacht charter industry. 
Register now and see you at ICE this December.

ICE achieves impressive bookings: Limited availability for bareboat yacht-charters

Excitement is building as the International Charter Expo (ICE) prepares for its upcoming edition. This B2B event in the yachting industry has already reached a significant milestone, with 85% of the expo’s capacity booked one year in advance. Additionally, if you’re considering exhibiting your yacht-charter services, time is of the essence, as the ground-floor booths are nearly fully booked. Read on to discover why ICE continues to be the go-to place for relevant professionals in the yachting industry.

Pre-bookings for ICE’23 break the records

Yacht-charter professionals and industry leaders have eagerly secured their spots at this prestigious expo. With 85% of the expo’s capacity for bareboat yacht-charter companies already booked, it’s clear that ICE remains the ultimate place to network and meet new business partners.

For those specializing in crewed yacht-charters, the urgency to secure a booth is also predominant. These highly sought spaces at the area designated for Crewed & Luxury companies are quickly being booked, highlighting the immense interest and demand for crewed yacht-charter services. Exhibiting at Crewed & Luxury area provides an unparalleled visibility and the opportunity to connect with potential business partners.

Return rate indicating success

That said, ICE statistics show that 78% of participants at the expo are returnees. Many things can indicate how successful an event was, and one of them is return rate. It tells us that participants consider ICE to be very efficient for their business. How come ICE has a high return rate? Networking. ICE brings together a diverse range of yacht-charter professionals, fleet operators, brokers, central agents, suppliers and other industry professionals from all over the world. It’s a unique chance to expand your network, establish valuable partnerships, and connect with industry peers.

ICE has already achieved an impressive booking rate of 85% for the expo reflecting the immense interest and anticipation surrounding the event. As the first-floor exhibiting booths for bareboat yacht-charters approach sell-out, it’s clear that ICE continues to be a leading gathering for yacht-charter professionals worldwide. Act swiftly to secure your place and make the most of the exceptional networking opportunities and industry exposure that ICE offers.

8 Billion Euro Industry is Getting Together in Croatia: Hundreds of Super-Yachts to be Presented in Zagreb


The exclusive yacht charter B2B trade show ICE (International Charter Expo) is reaching new records in this year’s edition, where hundreds of prestigious crewed yachts from all over the world will be represented at the Zagreb Fairgrounds. From December 6th to 8th 2023, Zagreb will become the united place of the elite yacht charter industry, valued at 8 billion euros.


Executive directors of yacht charter companies, central agents of crewed luxury yachts, most relevant brokers and agencies, as well as suppliers will have the opportunity to network with new business partners and exchange ideas. Meetings are scheduled in advance through proprietary matchmaking software, which increases the efficiency of a highly attended expo like ICE.


The most attractive part of the expo is the growing Crewed & Luxury sector, where 800 prestigious yacht models worth over 1 trillion euros in seasonal rentals will be presented this year. In addition, fleet managers will have the opportunity to present their investment programs to investors at the Investors Lounge, with the aim of expanding their fleets through new business collaborations.

– I cannot emphasize enough how important ICE has become to the yacht charter world. ICE gathers 1500+ decision makers from 550+ companies, all focused on networking and building new business relationships. ICE is everyone’s gateway to the yacht charter industry, crewed and bareboat, and we invite all to register and join this truly unique trade show – said Antonija Hajman, the head of ICE organization team.


The growing interest of charter companies in networking with business partners, as well as the growth of ICE itself, is evidenced by the fact that the Yachtmaster Group has made the largest number of group reservations at Hilton hotels in Zagreb. In addition to the traditionally full DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb and Hilton Garden Inn, this year visitors to the expo will also be booked at the Canopy Hotel by Hilton. This way, nothing is left to the care of the expo participants, so they can focus on achieving their business goals at the fair.

For the eighth year in a row, visitors to this exclusive three-day event put their trust in the hands of the Yachtmaster Group, which ensures high organizational standards. Applications for ICE are open from April 12, 2023, with a time-limited early-bird discount, and more information can be found on the official website and social media.

We look forward to seeing you at ICE!

The most influential “meeting point” of the nautical industry came back!

International Charter Expo (ICE’22) – largest and most influential B2B expo of the nautical industry took place from 7 – 9 of December 2022 at the Zagreb Fairgrounds. During these three days, 1524 participants from 521 companies participated from all over the world (Croatia, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Brazil, Thailand, Norway, France etc). Participants were as always separated in the three sectors: Fleet Operators, Brokers and Suppliers. Fleet Operators and suppliers came either as visitors or they had their own exhibiting booths. Brokers were only able to participate as visitors. Full list of participants is available here.

Exhibiting booths were dressed with DISPA – eco-friendly paper boards that ICE has been using for many years. DISPA boards allow the expo hall to look very attractive and uniformed. Apart from the booths, there were two lounge areas where participants could also arrange their meetings, along with a FULL open bar and the restaurant for lunch.

The total number of companies that participated for the first time at ICE was 151, which is the highest number of first-timers ever!

“I was first time on ICE. It was for my company and me so helpful, and everything was so well organized, meetings, booths, lounge corners, lunch..
I will 100 % come back next year and hope to have my own booth because I think that is the best way to have time to speak with all partners and meet your “old” partners and make new ones 🙂
So, from me and my company you have a big rating.”
– Andrea Šabić, Plan your journey

After 2 years of Covid and this being the first in-person event since, everyone was very excited to meet up. Using the custom-made matchmaking software Handshake, 10 836 meetings were pre-arranged, and even more unplanned meetings were held in person!

“I want to be among the first ones that will tell you how ICE became the best event for us!
We had over 40 successful meetings, sometimes even 2 together. We got ourselves the confirmation of implementation for over 2000 boats. We have 100% realization, which is absolutely incredible. Focus at ICE is completely business oriented.”
– Tom Logar, CEO Charter Manager App

Arranging meetings in advance is one of the best qualities that ICE as an event offers and the majority of the participants take advantage of it.

For the first time, the Crewed & Luxury sector was introduced at ICE’22. More info here. This novelty opened up the doors to a new niche of agents and fleet operators, 200+ super yachts from all around the world that are 15m – 50m in length with charter week prices from 20,000€ – 100,000€, to represent their businesses at ICE’22. The Crewed & Luxury sector became the first expo of that kind in the global charter industry. Some of the companies that exhibited this year as part of Crewed & Luxury were: Master Charter, Sanlorenzo Adria, Touch Adriatic, Otium Yachts, Feel Yachting, Signature Sailing Charter, Athenian Yachts, Sanda Yachting, FYLY Exlcusive Yachts, and others.

“It was a great pleasure to visit ICE’22 as after all the difficulties of 2020 the event finally took place offline. It was my 4th visiting ICE as a broker and I would like to mention that the event becomes better and better with the years. For sure it was a smart and strategic decision to add LUX sector this year. A lot of brokers just like me after mastering bareboat charters start doing crewed ones. So, it was nice opportunity to have new acquaintances and business contacts. And of course it was so warm and cozy to meet old friends. Thanks a lot for organization!”
Julia Slivina, Classy Yachting

Fact that ICE always has been an event that participants want to come back to, was also confirmed this year because 95% of participants in the survey answered that they will come back to ICE’23.

“We admire the great job the ICE team is doing every year! Location was close to the city center, the organization was good, and Zagreb was magical. We had fruitful meetings with old and new partners, we had the chance to meet suppliers with eco-friendly solutions, and we were able to communicate with agents and other fleet operators up close after the Covid time. Keep up the good work 🙂 (we are already looking forward to ICE 23!)”
– Discovery yachting

“ICE’22 was truly an event to remember. With the large number of new companies which came to ICE for the first time and many of our repeating business clients, ICE became the most important business meeting point for our industry. I am very happy that my team and I organized this event for everyone and with the support of all, we know that future ICE events will be even more productive.” – Antonija Hajman, ICE Project manager

Thanks to all ICE’22 participants! We hope you had a great time and to see you next year!
Enjoy Holidays with your family and friends and we wish you a lot of health, happiness and business success for the next year! 🙂

ICE Team

PS: As all booth graphics are made from DISPA – eco-friendly paper boards for screen and digital printing. They are made of FSC® – certified paper and are 100% recyclable. 95% of all ICE’22 graphics are already recycled and 5% of them are reused. All 9000 m2 of carpet will be reused in a small city near Zagreb called Lekenik. All plastic collected from the expo went to recycling.


ICE is working in close collaboration with Charter Itinerary and would like to introduce them to the participants of ICE’22. 

Charter Itinerary is changing the world of yacht itinerary creation with its easy-to-navigate, fully interactive web-based platform. It is designed specifically with the yachting industry in mind, and with over 800 accounts, it has revolutionized how industry professionals plan, produce and present itineraries to charter guests.

Why did you decide to exhibit at ICE (digital and Zagreb)?

Our introduction to ICE was at last year’s online event in April which was a fantastic opportunity to showcase our platform, just prior to it being publicly released, during a time when yacht shows and events were either canceled and travel was very difficult for most. Not only did it introduce us to brokers from all over the world, using the fantastically efficient Handshake software, but it gave us great insight into the bareboat market as a whole, confirming to us that our platform was suited to both the superyacht and bareboat markets alike and that we could further develop it to the needs of both industries.

How did your participation at last ICE help CI grow?

We participated in the event knowing that not only were we introducing something new and exciting to the industry, but also knowing that we would get valuable feedback from the brokers we spoke with. We count most of those who we met with at ICE, as valuable customers now.

Can you please give us an example(s) of how your meetings at ICE benefited your product/service? Since you are a company with a platform designed for the superyacht industry, did meetings with the bareboat industry businesses help you create something designed for them?

Yes indeed. We had intentions of creating a platform to benefit both markets, and ICE confirmed our research that there was the need for itineraries for the bareboat industry too, albeit to be used in a different way to the large yacht industry. With the valuable feedback we received, it helped develop what we now call “Light Itineraries” along with options to include API feeds, embedding links and much more .

What do you expect from your meetings at ICE’22? What are you looking for and who do you want to meet?

Given the success born out of the online event, we couldn’t wait for the opportunity for an onsite event. Meeting, and showing off our platform, in person during a time where the industry is experiencing such rapid growth is a thrill.  We look forward to this as an opportunity to finally meet with some of our current customers, and to meet with future customers – all agencies, fleet operators, captains, brokers and potential partners.

3 top reasons you would tell someone to join ICE?

  • It’s a fantastic gateway to a massive charter market and this year features the luxury and crewed area, perfect for both bareboat and crewed charters to come together to discover more about each other’s markets
  • An efficient way to network with important industry players
  • It is extremely efficient and well organized

Meet them at ICE’22


Each week we will introduce companies that are coming at ICE for the first time. Arrange meetings with them through Handshake-matchmaking software & meet them at ICE’22.



Have Fun Sailing – Greece
World Yachting Charter – Croatia
Mediterranean Sailing Group – Greece
Butch Sailing – Greece
Most Sailing – Turkey
Gulet Alisa – Croatia 
Canal Boats Telemark – Norway
More Yacht Club – Croatia
Asmira Marine – Turkey
Wind Charter Brasil – Brasil
Event boat Polaris – Croatia
MIKNATIS Yachting – Turkey
Valentino Yachts – Greece
Charter Novak – Croatia
Sailing Rhapsody – Turkey
Panda Sailing – Croatia
SeaNet Europe – Malta
Houseboat Holidays Italia – Italy
BMY8 Yachting – Turkey
Floatist- Switzerland
Remigo Electric Outboards- Slovenia
IQ nautics- Netherlands
Artisan- Croatia
Capt’n Boat- France
Scorpion Yacht Club – Netherlands
LXNAV Marine- Slovenia
Nauticoncept – France
VETUS – Netherlands
ALIM TOUR – Ukraine
Ahoy Sailor – Romania
Oceanedia – United Kingdom
Noblesse Yachts – Switzerland
Sails of Croatia – Croatia
Indigo Sails – United Kingdom
Salparo GmbH – Switzerland
Instant Sailing – Croatia
EuroYachting GmbH – Austria
YACHTY – Germany
Secrets d’Escales – France
Zenith Yachting – Greece
Marina Yacht Charter – Italy
Sailfleet Yacht Charter – Turkey
Seazone – Israel
Kazaden – France

Sanlorenzo South Central Europe – Croatia

Croatia Charter Expo – Croatia

Catamaran Sailing – Croatia
Marimari – Italy
AddWind – Italy
Pronto Blue / Pronto White – Turkey
Sana Sailing – Turkey
Feeling Boat – France
Classy Yachting – Russia
Magie Sailing – Italy
Nonno Blue – Turkey
Veleasegno Charter – Italy
Delos Yachtcharter – Netherlands
Sailera Yacht Charter – Turkey
Cool Change sailing catamaran – Croatia
Gulet Sea Breeze – Croatia
Signature Sailing Charter – Monaco
Nordvær – Norway
Bandic Maritime – Yacht Transport & Logistics – Croatia
Nature Safe Yachting – Croatia
Premium Yacht Charter – Croatia

Dreams Horizon Charter – Italy

Emu Yachting – Croatia

Gulet Aurum & Yacht Aurum
Sky – Croatia

Sailing Holidays Hub – Greece

M/Y Lupus Mare & M/Y Almissa – Croatia

Solis Yachts – Croatia

Euronavis – Greece

Seably AB – Sweden

SailTies – Unitred Kingdom

Adria Alfa – Croatia

Yachtcharterfinder & Soul Sail – Germany

Galeo Yachting – Turkey

ViraVira – Turkey

L World Yachting – Greece

Alga Yacht – France

Stream Yachts – Israel 

World Yacht Boutique – Italy

My sea Ltd – Monaco

Lord Yachting – Croatia

Seymour Yachts – United Kingdom 

Sofi Yacht Charter & Brokerage – Turkey

Register for ICE’22 here!

Registrations close Monday 28th

How to offer an experience of a dolce far niente lifestyle

Crewed and Luxury as a new sector at ICE will gather companies that offer luxury experiences for their clients. Patricia Van Steen, CEO of Anuras Charter Agency and Anuras Luxury Travel is excited to come to ICE’22 due to this reason.

“We from Anuras Luxury Travel are looking forward to meeting up with new companies who offer Luxury Crewed Sailing and Motoryachts. Our clients are looking for the extra experience of a Dolce Far Niente lifestyle and that is what we aim to deliver with our partners“.

Patricia recently decided to redirect her business and open Anuras Luxury Travel agency – a versatile company offering different travel experiences by providing the best service before, during, and after a luxury vacation. Clients are looking for „the all you imagine, and it will be there“ experience.  Anuras Luxury Travel offers these kinds of vacations with partners in Greece and Croatia, and is planning to expand to Italy due to the interest and high requests of clients.  

When it comes to the luxury sector, Patricia points out that it takes another approach to book these clients. A lot of money is involved in this sector, there are the MYBA contracts, APA etc.

I know it seems like easy money in commission, but it is also in the interest of the company that they choose partners wisely, and it’s not always the agent with the most bookings or revenue that are suited for this niche of the charter industry“.

At Anuras Charter Agency, a personal approach and offering extra services were always the way of approaching clients. For Patricia that was the way she found her “Luxury Travel clients“ and a reason why she decided to expand and create a brand new website away from the bareboat and even skippered charters. A difference that she noticed from her previous experience is that:

“Clients who are looking for a 67ft-100ft or even 200ft yacht will not search in 5 or more clicks to find a yacht. They contact me directly, tell me their wishes and I find it. I even sometimes co-work with travel agencies because they have no clue how this works, and in all honesty; neither did I with my first booking, although I am a charter agent for more than 20 years. I was fortunate to have an amazing partner who I can also call a friend to help me out. His team was amazingly patient and helpful for my first 25.000€ booking with over 4000€ APA. So I took the leap of faith and it worked out. Word of mouth did the rest – and social media ;)“.

Since Patricia is new in the luxury sector, ICE and its new Crewed and Luxury sector are a very valuable expo where she will be able to find new partners, no matter if they have one yacht or ten yachts. “If I can find a common interest with a business, then I’m in as a partner“.

The crewed and luxury sector as a fresh addition to ICE’22 is an area where participants will be able to meet crewed and luxury fleet operators and central agents from Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Spain, Italy etc. all in one place. Companies that are wishing to expand their offers to clients, fleet operators that want to grow their business network and contacts, suppliers and booking systems which wish to make new business deals.

Exhibitors in the Crewed and Luxury are the fleet operators, central agents, and owners of sailing yachts, gulets, catamarans, mini cruisers, and motoryachts that are fully crewed and whose yachts fit the parameters: Vessel size: 15m -50m and with a weekly charter price: 20,000€ – 100,000€. Fleet operators with both bareboat and crewed departments can exhibit in both areas at ICE’22 (one booth in the Crewed and Luxury area, and a second booth in the bareboat area at a very special price).

ICE’22 – Layout Guidelines

ICE’22 will be the biggest B2B yacht charter event ever, spread over 10,000 sqm and two floors. To make your days more comfortable and pleasant, our team secured enough space for networking, relaxing and enjoying drinks and food. There won’t be any ‘bad’ location to exhibit because we secured that all participants get the best experience from each location in the hall.

Ground floor: Exhibitor booths, B2B lounge, Business corner, Dutch and Balearic corner and Tavern.

First floor: Exhibitor booths, Crewed & Luxury sector, Investors lounge, B2B lounge and Restaurant. 

The central part of the ground floor will host most premium booths, surrounded by double and single booths. In the corners of the ground floor, you will be able to find the Dutch and Balearic Corners as well as the new Business corner. The Business corner is a new addition to ICE’22 that will provide all visitors an area to leave their promo materials. As in the previous years, the Dutch and Balearic Corners will gather charter companies from specific regions. The ground floor will have two meeting areas: Lounge 1 where participants can enjoy free and unlimited water, tea, and coffee. The second lounge will be hosted by a local tavern where everyone can enjoy local Croatian products such as wine, seafood, and snacks.

The first floor will have a special dedicated area for the Crewed and Luxury sector, Investors lounge, one B2B lounge with a bar and a restaurant for lunch, and many exhibitor booths. The Crewed and Luxury sector is the newest addition to ICE’22, offering everyone the opportunity to meet new businesses in the yachting industry. The Investors lounge gathers international investors. Fleet operators will present their charter management programs, investors will get information from shipyards, have access to reviews of past booking statistics, and insights of all available yacht models. There will also be one lounge with unlimited refreshments such as water, coffee, and tea. We also took care of lunch, and you will have access to the indoor restaurant from 11:00-16:00 every day. 

Don’t forget to schedule a break of at least 30 minutes to rest and eat once Handshake matchmaking software opens. We suggest you use this layout to plan your meetings in the Handshake software efficiently. Avoid running from one end of the hall to another as this is the biggest hall yet so plan smart & use our layout to help you with time management.

Ps: Participants will be able to choose their booth location after their MyICE registrations are confirmed, so if you want to have a specific location be sure to react fast.

CLICK HERE for detailed guidelines. 

ICE’22 – International Charter Expo is back in Zagreb

International Charter Expo is returning to its physical form, from December 7 to 9, 2022, on the Zagreb Fairgrounds. Growing in size to 10,000 sq meters and projected 500 participating companies, ICE will again be the center of the global yacht charter industry. 

ICE’22 will gather 200 Fleet Operators from Croatia, Greece, Turkey, the Caribbean, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Cuba and other worldwide destinations, 200 charter brokers and travel agencies, as well as 100 relevant suppliers to the industry, like shipyards, insurances and booking systems. A new addition to the expo is a sector of crewed-luxury fleets and mini cruisers

ICE’22 is the first trade show to announce full Covid-19 insurance, guaranteeing full refund for participants’ expenses on the expo, travel and accommodation

The proprietary Handshake matchmaking software will again allow businesses to schedule meetings in advance using company profiles, maximizing the efficiency of the event. 

ICE has partnered with Hilton Hotels to ensure quality accommodation at below market prices. Additionally, to add to the ICEperience, a Christmas village will be prepared by the Garden In Hilton, to host ICE participants. 

From the founder: 

“Zagreb will give us flexibility in this transitional year, after Covid, to ensure a long awaited, full-size, physical event, to the satisfaction and benefit of all participants. Our team is wholeheartedly looking forward to seeing you again.”  – Tino Prosenik

Registrations open May 23rd!


ICE’21 Advent Edition needs to go to quarantine

ICE’21 Advent Edition was a project with a great mission of bringing you all together to meet in person. After almost two years of Covid effecting our lives, and two digital events, both you and us craved to come back to the real-life meetings.

We were working on organizing ICE’21 in Vienna with a great location (ThirtyFive – Vienna Twin Towers) to make it possible for you to get the best experience. After a few months of planning,  all done deals went out through the window when Austria announced a national lockdown. 

We didn’t give up.  We immediately started planning the same event with a change of location. In just few days our team worked and prepared everything, so that we could move the event to Hotel Academia in our home town of Zagreb. Your reactions to the sudden change were so positive that they gave us the wind in our sails to continue working towards our goal.

Unfortunately, yesterday (November 25, 2021) we got an offical statement from Croatia’s National Civil Protection Authority that our event cannot get a permit, thus; it needs to be postponed.

We would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding. We really appreciate all of your support and look forward to meeting you in person when the situation allows.  Our plan is to work on future projects and we will let you know about them as soon as possible.

Stay safe,

Your ICE team