NauticExpo: 20 Years at Sea!

20 years already! VirtualExpo Group is filled with pride and enthusiasm as it celebrates the upward trajectory of its marketplace, NauticExpo. It’s been an adventure filled with continuous innovation and an unfailing commitment to the boating and maritime sectors.


Flashback to late 2003: Three passionate visionaries, Corentin Thiercelin, Christophe Campuzan, and Vincent Gérard launch the specialized marketplace NauticExpo, bringing to life the networking platform they had imagined. A platform that brings together buyers and sellers worldwide, available in nine languages. At the time, the success of this pairing of digital technology and the boating and maritime world was a daring wager. Two decades later, NauticExpo has become the ultimate marketplace for professionals and enthusiasts in the boating and maritime sectors.

From its strategically orchestrated launch to consolidating its market position, NauticExpo has come a long way. In 20 years, the platform has grown from 25 product categories, 2,000 exhibitors, and 15,000 products in its early days, to 51 categories, 3,800 exhibitors, and 65,000 products today, representing a growth of over 330% in its product offering.

The marketplace’s success in satisfying the growing demand for boating and maritime equipment is due in large part to its international teams, who work hard to find the best products and suppliers, as well as to its long-standing customers including Besenzoni, John Deere, Seajet, Selden Mast, Selva Marine, and others, who have been with NauticExpo from the start.

The marketplace has thus established itself as the leading sourcing company in its field, providing optimum visibility to 11 major sectors, from yachting and professional boating to water sports and maritime equipment, shipbuilding, and aquaculture. By offering a complete range of products that meet the needs of every market segment, NauticExpo has extended its influence across borders.


In addition to its impressive digital reach, NauticExpo also stands out for its strong presence in the field, both on land and at sea. Our marketplace has proven its legitimacy and strengthened its ties with the boating and maritime community through its regular attendance at prestigious trade shows such as boot Düsseldorf, the Miami International Boat Show, Europort Amsterdam, MetsTrade, SMM, the Cannes Yachting Festival... To fuel and expand its expertise, NauticExpo has taken part in several sea trials of catamarans, dinghies, and electric surfboards. It also sponsored French skipper Yann Rocherieux's 49er skiff for the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.

But NauticExpo is only getting started. The success of the last 20 years is just the beginning of an even greater adventure. As part of its ongoing commitment to excellence and user satisfaction, NauticExpo plans to launch an online shop in the coming months. This development is a response to the rapid growth of e-commerce. The goal? Help numerous businesses in the boating and maritime sectors enter the world of online sales and continue to support them in their digital transition.

NauticExpo remains determined to offer the very latest in boating and maritime technologies on a platform with the best sales and sourcing experience possible and continuously strives to meet your expectations. Its progression into e-commerce is a clear demonstration of this commitment.

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