Miami show reports drop in attendance

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The NMMA said attendance was down 6 percent at the 2014 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, which wrapped up Feb. 17 after five days of meetings, new product introductions and sales across the show’s three locations.

Organizers attributed the drop from 102,118 in 2013 to 94,980 this year to winter storms on the East Coast. But they say exhibitors reported strong sales despite lighter traffic.

“We had a very successful show. We saw many more qualified buyers this year,” Aaron Krenzer, of Cobalt Yachts, said in a statement.

John Franta, of Colligo Marine, told organizers that Thursday and Friday were both good days at the show. “This is our best show in years,” Franta said. “Not our best Strictly Sail Miami show, but our best overall show.”

Beneteau was happy with the 14 boats it sold at the show, Dino Smith said.

The show also attracted local and national press ranging from Fox Business to Diario Las Americas. It is owned and produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and took place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Sea Isle Marina and Miamarina at Bayside.

The NMMA is running its New England Boat Show through Sunday and will hold the St. Louis Boat & Sportshow Wednesday through Sunday.


2 comments on “Miami show reports drop in attendance

  1. pilothouseking

    everybody seems to be totally ignoring why there’s so few buyers out there. Beyond the obvious of the economy worldwide. Let’s say you somehow still have millions of loose dollars lying about and you want to buy a boat. Where will you keep it? You going to pay the Insurance rates required to use her in Florida during Hurricane season? Where you going with her? Is there dockage there? You sure? How about fuel prices? Think it’s going to get cheaper?
    Then there’s those new designs. Oy vey!

  2. Jim S.

    You’d never know it by the traffic! It seems every year the traffic gets worse and worse. It’s gotten to the point where it’s not worth the aggravation to get to the show. The Lauderdale show is so much easier to get in and out of.

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