Boat shows in five cities report attendance gains

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The New York Boat Show saw attendance grow 21 percent from 2016.

The New York Boat Show saw attendance grow 21 percent from 2016.

Attendance was up across five weekend boat shows last weekend with two of them reporting double-digit gains.

Sunday wrapped up a five-show weekend with the conclusion of the New York Boat Show, the Baltimore Boat Show, the St. Louis Boat and Sportshow, the Louisville Boat, RV and Sportshow and the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo.

Except for the Chicago event, all of the shows are sponsored by Progressive Insurance.

Final attendance in New York was 43,238, up 21 percent from 35,757 in 2016.

The St. Louis show drew 23,972, a 13 percent rise from last year.

In Baltimore, 13,817 visited the show, a 9 percent increase from last year, and the final turnout in Louisville was 37,279, up 6 percent from 35,070 in 2016.

Attendance at the Chicago show was up 9 percent, from 17,759 in 2016 to 19,339 this year.

In addition to the attendance gains, reports of strong sales and quality crowds continued among exhibitors, a sentiment that has been echoed across all shows this season, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

Up next is the Progressive New England Boat Show in Boston, which runs from Feb. 11-19 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

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