Record-Breaking Registrations for ICE’24!

International Charter Expo, Amsterdam,250 companies

250+ PARTICIPANTS AND STILL COUNTING

We are thrilled to announce that the first six weeks of registrations for ICE’24 have been extraordinary. With over 250 companies already signed up, this year’s ICE is set to break all previous attendance records, making ICE’24 our most significant and impactful expo yet. Here are some reasons why you should register and take part in this year’s ICE’24:

With more than 250 companies already registered, ICE’24 provides a platform for networking. Here you can find the list of companies that are already registered.

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Our matchmaking app allows you to pre-arrange meetings with registered companies in advance. This feature ensures that you maximize your time at the event, focusing on the connections that matter most to your business.

This is your opportunity to network with C-levels and business owners in the yachting industry, whether your goals are to create new partners or present your products or services.Participating in ICE’24 offers significant exposure for your brand. By being part of ICE’24, you position your company in the yachting industry and showcase what you offer.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of International Charter Expo 2024 in Amsterdam. Secure your spot today!

Trends in Yachting Industry in 2024

ICE Industry Trends

Game rooms and sustainability: what trends are facing the yachting industry?

A recent report by Fortune Business Insights stated that the global luxury yacht market size is projected to grow to $8.75 billion by the end of 2024. Half of the year has passed by and we see some new trends reaching their full potential. Whether it is eco-friendly solutions or new tech designs, the yacht industry has been booming since January.

Some of these trends are going to be presented in Amsterdam at the International Charter Expo. Each year ICE hosts a larger number of representatives from various fields of the yachting industry. So let’s take a look at some trends that the industry is facing and what can be expected from this year’s expo.

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Despite the interior design trends fluctuating between seasons, specialists have found a way to integrate design trends into cabins so that they remain fashionable and classic for many years to come. A new trend that emerged is ‘auxiliary’ cabins like showcasing collectible dishes in a china pantry near the kitchen or dining area, according to an article by Boat International. Entertainment rooms are becoming increasingly popular considering the resurgence of game rooms. It is also predicted that this year we will see a rise in the popularity of private and open-plan deck layouts, which we can see on many of the yachts represented at ICE’24.

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We have to talk about sustainability. The topic that gained its popularity in the last few years, has finally reached a level where industry is taking action. Shipyards and manufacturers are trying to find sustainable solutions to limit the impact on the environment. But they are not the only ones making changes, Yacht crews are trying to contribute to the conservation of marine ecosystems by adopting non-toxic cleaning solutions. 

Smart technology advancement has transformed yacht operations by providing real-time monitoring and management of all the systems. The usage of artificial intelligence came into the yachting industry, one of the new things we noticed lately is integrating AI for improved efficiency.

The industry is trying to minimize the usage of diesel-fueled engines and shifting towards using materials that focus on the circular economy. This is where ICE steps in. Sustainable event planning is our way of taking responsibility and minimizing our carbon footprint. For ICE24’ in Amsterdam, we decided to make environmentally conscious changes to fulfill our sustainability strategy.

Slight increase in prices and high increase in quality at ICE’24!

ICE'24 at Amsterdam is a huge step forward for ICE!

International Charter Expo is moving from Zagreb to the exciting city of Amsterdam! This change is a huge step forward for ICE, as we embrace the vibrant atmosphere and world-class amenities that Amsterdam provides. 
With this transition comes adjustments, particularly in pricing.  We’ve carefully considered the inflation of prices coming with a shift of expo to Amsterdam, ranging from an increase of 37% to a staggering 500% in some cases. 

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As a result, we’ve implemented a modest average price increase of 15%. Moreover, we’re excited to announce that we’ve doubled down on enhancing the quality of our offerings. By investing in top-notch venues, services, and experiences, we’ve elevated the value proposition of the International Charter Expo by 100%.

B2B matching software will be available as a mobile app this year, with extra capabilities such as real-time chat and many more novelties that will outperform our prior B2B matchmaking software, making engaging with fellow industry professionals easier and more dynamic than ever before.

In a commitment to sustainability, we’re proud to introduce textile graphics for booth displays. Not only are these graphics visually stunning, but they’re also reusable and recyclable. After the exhibition, simply pack them up and take them with you, minimizing waste and maximizing convenience.

These novelties represent just a glimpse of what awaits you at the International Charter Expo in Amsterdam. Our commitment to delivering exceptional value and quality remains steadfast.

We’re confident that the move to Amsterdam, with its enriched offerings and experiences, will provide attendees with an even more rewarding and enriching experience.

Thank you for your ongoing support, and we look forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam for the International Charter Expo!

Our Journey Towards an Environmentally Friendly ICE

We aim to reduce our environmental impact by selecting eco-friendly materials and practices.

Let’s take a look at some of the key initiatives that are making this year’s ICE at the EXPO Greater Amsterdam even more sustainable:

Reusable carpet tiles: One of the most innovative aspects of ICE’24 is the use of carpet tiles that can be reused at future exhibitions. By choosing carpet tiles, we’re not only reducing waste, but also ensuring that resources are used efficiently across multiple events. This simple change reflects our commitment to minimizing our carbon footprint.

Recycled graphics: Our graphics are not only eye-catching, but they’re also environmentally conscious. We’ve chosen graphics made from recycled materials, including fabrics from previous events. This not only reduces waste, but also gives our graphics a unique story to tell. For those who want to take their graphics with them, the added benefit is that they’re lightweight and easy to transport, making them a sustainable addition to any home or office. Their compact size means they fit seamlessly into any luggage.

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Eco-Friendly catering: We believe that good food should never come at the expense of the environment. That’s why our catering services prioritize eco-friendly options, including paper cups and wooden utensils. By minimizing single-use plastics and opting for sustainable alternatives, we’re promoting a greener future.

Venue in a greenhouse: Our choice of venue is all part of our sustainability strategy. By hosting the event in an ex-greenhouse, we’re taking advantage of natural light and reducing our reliance on artificial lighting. In addition, the greenhouse provides natural insulation, helping to regulate temperature and minimize energy consumption.

At the end of the day, our goal isn’t just to host a successful ICE – it’s a part of the way to a more sustainable future. We invite you to join us on this journey towards environmental responsibility and to experience firsthand the positive impact of sustainable event planning. 

Together, we can make a difference – one event at a time!

ICE’24 in Amsterdam

The best place to network, collaborate, and grow your business.

The International Charter Expo (ICE), recognized as the world’s largest B2B yacht charter expo, is delighted to announce that it will be held in the vibrant city of Amsterdam from 13-15 November 2024. This move underlines ICE’s commitment to providing an unrivaled experience for exhibitors and attendees by responding to the overwhelming demand for more space and improved accessibility.

With over 600 of the world’s most prestigious companies and more than 1,500 industry decision-makers from all over the world expected to attend, ICE’24 promises to be an exceptional gathering of key players in the yacht charter industry. ICE is the best place to network, collaborate, and grow your business, whether you’re a Central Agent, Yacht Owner, Broker, Fleet Operator or Supplier.

Similar to previous years, the ground floor was dedicated to bareboat charters which were present the biggest number so far.

ICE’24 in Amsterdam will feature a wide range of crewed yachts, showcasing the growing trend towards personalized luxury experiences in the charter industry. With numerous Central Agents and Brokers representing these yachts, attendees can discover tailored charter solutions to meet their client’s preferences and needs.

What makes ICE so recognizable and efficient are the pre-arranged meetings with participants through our matchmaking software. The matchmaking software allows scheduling meetings up to a month before ICE, giving everyone enough time to prepare for meetings and explore possible partners. The number of pre–arranged meetings at ICE’23 in just three days exceeded 20,000 and broke all the previous records.

ICE is a special opportunity to increase brand awareness, generate leads, and open up new growth opportunities – regardless of the level of business experience or the stage of one’s entrepreneurial journey.

The last event, held on December 6–8, 2023 in Zagreb, ICE’23 broke all prior records. The considerable development of the Crewed & Luxury sector, which recognized the importance of this occasion, was especially noteworthy. More than 400 crewed yachts were represented, some longer than 50 meters, thanks to the efforts of Central Agents and Brokers. The event is expected to be even more spectacular this year in Amsterdam, offering attendees never-before-seen possibilities and experiences.

Early bird registration discounts for ICE Amsterdam will be available soon for a limited time.

Everything you need to know about ICE

The International Charter Expo – ICE was created more than a decade ago, as a place in which the owners/operators/central agents would meet with the brokers once a year.

ICE is the only place in the world where yacht charter professionals can meet each other on a global scale, without the distraction of yachts and clients. They meet to make new connections, to open new collaborations, to forge new partnerships and sometimes, friendships. Over 2,000 professionals, from over 50 countries, representing almost the entire global yacht charter market, are going to meet in Amsterdam from 13th to 15th November 2024.

ICE has changed locations every couple of years in order to ensure its international, even global character. With every move it has created a larger following. Amsterdam, the travel hub, the proverbial center of the world, is going to host a global network of central agents and retail brokers in the business setting of EXPO Greater Amsterdam.

With the help of a matchmaking app, over 20,000 meetings are going to be pre-arranged before the actual event. Every CEO, every fleet or charter manager, every broker, is going to be able to find and contact just the one individual or company he/she needs to meet.

ICE has been consistently growing, mainly because it is the most productive and cost-effective B2B yacht charter event on the planet.

ICE’23 – Uniting Global Yachting Industry Leaders in Zagreb

From December 6th to 8th, the International Charter Expo (ICE) – the largest business to business (B2B) expo in the yachting industry, was held at the Zagreb Fairgrounds. Participants were divided into three sectors: suppliers, CAs or fleet operators, and brokers/agencies, making it easier for representatives to be more effective in finding potential partners.

Over the course of three days, more than 1,500 representatives from over 500 companies spanning over 50 different countries (including Greece, Norway, Seychelles, Thailand, Australia, Italy, Hungary, Spain, Belgium…) gathered to hold business meetings and meet with their business partners and friends. The number of new participants was notably high this year, with 120 new companies deciding to come to Zagreb and visit ICE.

Particularly noteworthy were the visits from the Ambassador of the Turkish Embassy in Zagreb, H.E. Yavuz Selim Kiran, the Head of the Office for Trade and Economy of the Greek Embassy, Mr. Michail Charokopos, Ms. Sandra Di Carlo, Director of the Italian Trade Agency in Zagreb, and Isabelle Castaldi, Economic and Commercial Attaché from the Italian Embassy, along with representatives from the Slovak Embassy.

What makes ICE so recognizable and efficient are the pre-arranged meetings with participants through our matchmaking software, Handshake. Handshake allows scheduling meetings up to a month before the ICE, giving everyone enough time to prepare for potential meetings and explore possible partners. The number of pre – arranged meetings over these three days exceeded 20,000, the highest yet.

Similar to previous years, the ground floor was dedicated to bareboat charters, while the gallery was reserved for crewed and luxury fleets, a section considerably larger than in previous years. Central agents and brokers represented more than 400 crewed yachts, some reaching lengths of over 50 meters. Particularly noteworthy were the yachts from companies like Goolets, Master Charter, Touch Adriatic, Feel Yachting, and FX Yachting.

Due to ICE’s expansion and growing international interest in visiting this expo, ICE’24 will be held in Amsterdam because it offers larger space and easier accessibility.

To make ICE more pleasant, exhibitors’ booths were again adorned with graphics made from DISPA material, which is eco-friendly and entirely recyclable. All 9000 square meters of carpet were donated and utilized because we care about the environment and strive to leave minimal waste after such an event.

We want to thank each and every one of you for trusting us and being part of ICE. See you in Amsterdam!

Matchmaking software – Handshake

At boat shows, people often want to meet specific individuals or companies, but those potential partners are often busy with other appointments. As a result, attendees often spend their time waiting or aimlessly exploring the show, simply wasting their time until they can potentially meet with the individuals they want to connect with.

It’s common for the meetings we want to not happen because of time or disorganization.It is precisely because of such situations that we have ensured ICE to be highly effective for everyone. We aim for all to be maximally productive during these three days.

When it comes to ICE, we took that really seriously and created a solution because we know how disappointing it can be. We want all our attendees to have the most productive 3 days.

Unlike most boat shows, ICE provides a sophisticated matchmaking software that helps attendees connect with each other. Browse through other participating companies, check out representative profiles  and pre-arrange B2B meetings to optimize time. This can save hours of aimless wandering and waiting like at other boat shows. ICE is well-known for its efficient approach to conducting meetings.

 

At least one matchmaking software per company is mandatory. One account is only 40€ which is an amount worth investing in. Meetings are 30 minutes which allows up to 17 meetings per day. In total one representative can have 54 meetings. We recommend more than one matchmaking software account per company to have more meetings since the number of representatives this year is the biggest so far!

Last year there were over 12,000 meetings and there were many great deals made.

“Handshake really helped us organize everything in advance and make the best out of our time at ICE. The time slots of 30min were enough to allow us to present our services and listen to other exhibitors to potentially create new partnerships.”
– Nausys, Croatia

If you haven’t already, make sure to register for ICE and purchase accounts for the majority of your team. Handshake is available.

ICE team at the Cannes Yachting Festival and Monaco Yacht Show

September was reserved for visits to the largest and most exclusive boat shows, Cannes Yachting Festival and Monaco Yacht Show. After the impressions from these two extraordinary boat shows settled, it’s time for our overall impression.

Cannes Yachting Festival

First on the list was Cannes, and the ICE team went to explore Port Canto, Port Vieux and invited many new companies to ICE. All exhibitors in Port Canto and a significant number of exhibitors in the Vieux Port got their sample of our exclusive Icebreaker magazine.

During the two and a half days we spent in Cannes, we managed to have over 40 meetings, made much easier by the excellent organization of the boat show, which allowed us to easily connect with other exhibitors and visitors.

Our main focus was on the Crewed & Luxury sector, so we spent most of our time in the Brokerage Section of the show. For every Crewed & Luxury exhibitor who met with us, we prepared special invitations to ICE to enhance our expo with their presence.

In addition to meeting new exhibitors, we also took the time to socialize with our long-standing exhibitors and partners.

What particularly impressed us at the Cannes Yachting Festival was the hospitality of the exhibitors and the exclusivity of the yachts we had the opportunity to witness. It was certainly a special boat show that will remain in our memory, and we look forward to returning to it.

 

Monaco Yacht Show

After Cannes, the Monaco Yacht Show is next. Unlike Cannes, only our CEO Tino attended Monaco.

Tino had pre-arranged meetings with various top international crewed companies and prepared an exclusive VIP invitation to ICE for our exclusive Crewed & Luxury sector. Primary focus was to showcase the exciting new Crewed & Luxury sector at ICE, and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. During the show, Tino engaged in numerous productive meetings and networking opportunities with industry representatives. 

“The Monaco Yacht Show was a spectacular event. It was well organised and perfectly executed. The variety of yachts and yacht-related hardware was impressive. The layout was visitor-friendly and the connections via shuttle worked very well. It’s worth the trip and a must-go for all yachting professionals.” 
– Tino Prosenik, CEO

The level of interest and engagement at the Monaco Yacht Show by companies such as Bluewater, Burgess, Denison, Edmiston, Cecil Wright, Fraser, IYC, Northrop & Johnson, Ocean Independence, Peter Insull’s, Y.CO has set a high bar for ICE, and we are confident that this year’s ICE will be bigger and more exclusive than ever before.

The super yachts left the biggest impression due to their grace and exclusivity. The Baglietto T52 model, 52m in length, stood out for its sustainability combined with exclusivity, creating a whole new dimension in the yachting industry. The 80m Leona from the Bilgin 263 series was particularly striking with its design and unique color. We were delighted to see the Virtuosity yacht, which belongs to the SanLorenzo 57 Steel series, showcased by our premium exhibitor,  SanLorenzo.

Inspired by these boat shows and their exclusivity, we returned to Zagreb more motivated than ever to create the best ICE event yet. We will be happy to come again next year.

Extra Offers at International Charter Expo

ICE Extras are additional benefits and opportunities that enhance the efficiency of this B2B Expo. They help create a comfortable working atmosphere while presenting exhibitors and potential partners in the best possible way. ICE’s goal is not only to create new business opportunities, but to connect people and to establish long-lasting relationships.

We arrange everything – turn key booths

ICE is the only show which makes turn-key booths for all exhibitors. If you purchase graphics through ICE organizers, you don’t need to worry about their printing and setup. If you also order furniture, ICE organizers bring them and they will already be waiting for you too.

Graphics

Graphics visually represent your company and help potential partners locate you easily. Through graphics, you showcase the highlights of what you offer and what sets you apart from others, ensuring a more attractive booth appearance. Did you know that all graphics designs are printed on DISPA boards which are then recycled after the expo?

Icebreaker

Icebreaker magazine is an exclusive B2B magazine intended for the yacht charter industry where you can advertise your products and services. It is distributed to all companies at ICE, and at international yacht shows such as the Monaco Yacht Show and Cannes Yachting Festival. The number of advertising spots is limited, so don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to advertise to all yacht charter businesses. If you are interested contact us on info@internationalcharterexpo.com.

Matchmaking software

ICE is well-known for its efficient approach to conducting meetings. Meetings are 30 minutes which allows up to 17 meetings per day. The matchmaking software enables pre-scheduled meetings at specific times with desired decision makers. In total one representative can have 54 meetings. We recommend more than one matchmaking software account per company to have many more meetings since the number of representatives this year is the biggest so far!

Furniture

In order to facilitate the most functional and comfortable meetings at your booth, we provide furniture such as tables, chairs, sofas, TVs, decorative plants etc. Don’t stress about bringing your own, we have got you covered.

Ice Rocks Party

Just like in previous years, this year the exclusive Ice Rocks Party will take place on the first night. The Ice Rocks Party presents an excellent opportunity to connect with businesses in a more relaxed setting – engage in meaningful conversations, forge valuable relationships, and unwind after the day’s events. This year the party will be exclusive with a limited number of spots – so once we announce it, don’t wait too long to purchase your tickets.