LISW17 featured over 160 official events and networking opportunities in London during the week of 11-15 September, 2017, attended by leaders across all sectors of the international shipping industry. The events were held by international shipping and marine trade associations and UK Government as well as by official sponsors of the week. An estimated 15,000 industry leaders attended the week.
International interest sent social media into a frenzy with the hashtags: #LISW17; LISW2017; and @LISW17Official trending on Twitter twice during the week, with an estimated 11.3 million user twitter reach.
Visitors from over 50 countries attended the week, including 15 ministers from foreign governments such as Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Ghana.
The UK government used the week to host bilateral meetings with politicians and senior industry figures to explore partnerships, future opportunities outside the European Union and examine how to help significantly boost maritime exports.
Reflecting on the successes of the past week, Jeremy Penn, Chairman of the LISW17 Steering Group, paid tribute to the strong cooperation that existed between Government and industry.
“LISW17 was bigger and stronger than the previous years in 2015 and 2013 and this reflects not only the importance of government and industry cooperation in helping to promote London and the UK’s prominent role in world shipping, but also the realisation by shipping that London is firmly at the heart of this global industry,” he said.
More than 550 people attended the official LISW17 flagship conference on Thursday 14th September, while just under 1,000 guests and VIPS attended the Gala Dinner in the evening. Both were held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Park Lane.
“The buy in to LISW17 by industry and government – not just in the UK but globally – has been astounding. While we were anticipating a very strong event, boosted by the attention surrounding Brexit as well as the green shoots of recovery in many key shipping sectors, it is true to say that the actual outcome far exceeds our expectations,” said Sean Moloney and Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes, Directors of the event organisers Shipping Innovation.