Despite troubled times in the global economy, Düsseldorf is confidently looking forward to boot 2009, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary staging at the Düsseldorf Trade Fair Center from 17 to 25 January. Hailing from 55 countries, a total of 1,650 exhibitors will be present at the event with the spotlight on the premieres, maritime products and services in 17 exhibition halls that cover 220,000 square metres of floor space in total. The event is nevertheless expected to fall slightly short of the record-breaking 2008 edition of boot with its 1,700 participation's. Which is not to say that in terms of international reach, depth and breadth of offerings boot 2009 will not deliver its customary panoramic overview of the global market for yachting and watersports. Some 700 exhibitors a good 40 percent of the total will be arriving from abroad and occupying almost half of the exhibition space. The key countries of origin for exhibitor contingents are the Netherlands with its 140 yards, suppliers of equipment and accessories and service providers, followed by Italy (90), France (60) and the UK with 25 participants. The countries of Northern Europe will be stepping out in Düsseldorf with 30 companies. A lot new boats starting with the Horizon Elegance 60 Open and 52 Tournament, Galeon will present the 325 in HT version, Atlantis present a refreshed version of the 55 with a more plush cherry wood interior, and the much waited Bavaria 46 for its BMW design.