NMMA pares down boat show schedule

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association is discontinuing three of its shows – the San Diego Boat Show, the Schaumburg Boat & Sportshow, and the Virginia In-Water Boat Expo & Sailfest.

“In the current state of our industry, our shows’ exhibitors are compromised by an overabundance of boat shows in these markets,” said Ben Wold, NMMA executive vice president, in a statement. “By moving forward without the Virginia, San Diego and Schaumburg shows, we’ll be able to focus on delivering improved quality at our other shows and create a stronger selling environment for our exhibitors at remaining NMMA shows.”

“In an industry with fewer dealers and fewer manufacturers, there will be fewer boat shows,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich added in a statement. “This decision allows NMMA to streamline its show business and focus on providing dynamic shows in markets that are not over-served, which will ultimately deliver stronger shows for the industry in the long run.”

The fifth annual Virginia In-Water Boat Expo & Sailfest was to take place in Town Point Park at the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront Sept. 18-20; the 22nd annual San Diego Boat Show was scheduled to take place in January 2010 at the San Diego Convention Center and adjacent Marriott Marina; and the fourth annual Schaumburg Boat & Sportshow was scheduled to take place Feb. 18-21 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center.

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