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National and regional boat shows of all sizes are held throughout the country and at all times of the year. Many combine displays of boats with displays of accessories, seminars and family entertainment.

Organizers release Miami show numbers

Despite a drop in attendance at this year’s Miami International Boat Show, organizers say it was a success in terms of the quality of buyers and the overall mood of exhibitors and customers. “I’m getting some really positive feedback. The quality of the customers seemed to be really good,” Cathy Rick-Joule, show manager and vice…more

Attendance up at Providence Boat Show

Producers of the Providence (R.I.) Boat Show reported a 10 percent rise in attendance and sales about equal to last year’s show. Held Jan. 29-Feb. 1 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, the show featured more than 200 exhibitors displaying powerboats, sailboats, personal watercraft and inflatables, as well as gear, technology, engines and electronics. “Saturday…more

Nautique wakeboarders will appear at boat shows

Nautique’s team of professional wakeboarders will be making public appearances at a number of boat shows around the country this month. The lineup of shows includes: Jacksonville, Fla.; Salt Lake City; Knoxville, Tenn.; Detroit; and Miami, as well as Cairo, Egypt. The Nautique line of boats is manufactured by Correct Craft Inc. in Orlando, Fla. Click…more

Attendance up at this year’s IMBC

This year’s International Marina and Boatyard Conference broke all attendance levels, with more than 600 participants perusing the exhibit hall and sitting in on educational seminars. IMBC had a total attendance of 577 last year and 550 in 2007. Held Jan. 25-28 in Fort Lauderdale, the IMBC is produced by the Association of Marina Industries…more

Charleston reports solid show sales

Attendance at the annual Charleston (S.C.) Boat Show was better than expected at the Jan. 23-25 event, with exhibitors reporting sales similar to last year’s show. “We are thrilled that the current recession did not have a significant negative impact on the show’s attendance or the number of transactions,” show producer Jacqui Bomar of JBM…more

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Winter boat shows: who’s in a buying mood

Dealers are counting on deep discounts to save the season that is so critical to many bottom lines Without a doubt, the 2008-2009 winter boat show season will go down as the most challenging in decades for dealers. Never before, say retailers, have so many negative factors come together to potentially undercut sales. What’s more,…more

NMMA reports on start of winter show season

Despite drops in attendance, the National Marine Manufacturers Association is reporting better-than-expected sales at its first five boat shows of the season. The five shows took place in New York, Kansas City, Mo., Nashville, Tenn., San Diego and New Orleans. Attendance was down by double-digit percentages at all shows, except New Orleans, which saw a…more

Boat show discounts available through RBFF

Visitors to the TakeMeFishing.org Web site will find discounts to boating, fishing and sport shows around the country. “Knowing that these shows successfully attract qualified prospects and serve as an important source of information for prospective buyers, we wanted to leverage the success we’ve experienced with TakeMeFishing.org to help promote them,” said Recreational Boating and…more

U.S. Yacht Shows will continue Annapolis shows through ’14

United States Yacht Shows says the city of Annapolis, Md. has approved its use of the City Dock and adjacent Susan Campbell Park to conduct the annual U.S. Sailboat Show and U.S. Powerboat Show through 2014. “We appreciate that the city government and its residents recognize how important the maritime industry is to the economic…more

TRADE TALK: The (boat) show must go on

When it comes to marketing and sales expenditures, boat show expenses top the list for many. Click here to see why Dave Huddy believes shows are an investment that can return more than what you put in.

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