Since it became clear that the divers would move to two completely new halls on the exhibition grounds, there has been wild speculation and discussion. What will it be like after all these years in Halls 3 and 4 to find oneself in Halls 11, 12 and the adjacent part of Hall 13? Will you be able to find your way around? Will you be able to find your preferred exhibitors again? What will the mood be like within the industry? Will everything change?
Everything new and yet familiar
The answer is a yes and no. Humans may be creatures of habit, but changes also bring a breath of fresh air into a traditional matter. When you step into the new halls, you actually feel like you did in the old days, and you discover familiar faces at every turn. Although the exhibitors are no longer in their usual spots, and you have to readjust your orientation. Nevertheless, everything feels like it always did. A familiar feeling, the smell of neoprene and the sight of the diving pools at the Dive Center prevent you from being alienated.
But it is not only the halls that have changed, something else has also changed. There are more lectures and workshops. Visitors can find out about environmental protection and sustainability from a wide range of projects and scientists in the "Love your Ocean" area in hall 12. The Dive Center in hall 11 has been given more space, so you can also get a seat at top-class talks. Stars like the environmental activist Hannes Jaenicke, the free diver Guillaume Néry or the environmentalist Pierres-Yves Cousteau are crowd magnets on the stages in halls 11 and 12.
Those who want to inform themselves about travelling will find tour operators, safari boat operators and dive centre owners in the halls as usual. Here you can inform yourself directly and plan your next diving trip. In addition to classic diving destinations such as the Red Sea, the Maldives or Indonesia, visitors should take the opportunity to inform themselves about less well-known diving areas. Especially the European countries like Italy, Portugal, Malta or even Austria offer a lively underwater world and are very interesting for divers with families due to short travelling times.