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.


‘Oceans have opened’ in South Korea

Trade Only was given a firsthand glimpse in June of the country’s burgeoning marine industry Riding to the Korea International Boat Show from the city of Suwon, about an hour outside Seoul, the bus rolls along congested city streets filled with people going to work in shops, stores, office buildings and factories. Gradually, the bustle…more

Shows and Events

This roundup of upcoming industry events includes news from the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The Florida Yacht Brokers Association will host two seminars in August. “We’ve noted an increase in brokerage activity,” FYBA chief executive Bob Saxon said in a statement. “These…more

Shows and Events

This roundup of coming events includes news from the Tampa Boat Show and the Marina Recreation Association’s Educational Conference and Trade Show. This year’s Tampa Boat show is set for Sept. 10-12 at the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center. In addition to the boats and marine products on display on land and in the water, the…more

Orlando ‘Hot Summer’ show returns in August

The Hot Summer Boat Show is set for Aug. 6-8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Sponsored by the Central Florida Marine Trades Association, the show features new and used boats, engines, electronics, gear and accessories, as well as fishing and wakeboarding products. “No other summer event in Central Florida offers dealers…more

Tall ships coming to Tampa Bay

Sailing ships from around the world will dock July 10-14 in downtown Tampa, Fla., for Sail Tampa Bay 2010. Ships that will be on hand include the Coast Guard bark Eagle, the Capitan Miranda from Uruguay, and the Gloria from Colombia. The Gloria and Capitan Miranda will be docked at the Tampa Convention Center, while…more

EXCLUSIVE: Few American companies reap Korea show benefits

GYEONGGI PROVINCE, South Korea – There aren’t many American companies at the Korea International Boat Show, but many of those here say there are opportunities to be had. Ernie Ellis Jr., president of Sea-Fire Marine, said this was his second year at the show, and he sees improvement in the event, now in its third…more

EXCLUSIVE: Hyundai Seasall set to unveil new diesel engine

GYEONGGI PROVINCE, South Korea – A new marine diesel engine developed by Hyundai Seasall is expected to hit the U.S. market next year, company president and CEO SeungKab Jeong told Soundings Trade Only today at the Korea International Boat Show. The new engines will be introduced initially in the Asian/Pacific market, then Europe, followed by…more

EXCLUSIVE: South Korea plans for a big boating future

GYEONGGI PROVINCE, South Korea – Imagine state and federal governments in the U.S. announcing plans to invest in the marine industry by building dozens of new marinas, enacting legislation to make boat ownership easier, offering incentives for foreign and domestic companies to become tenants in a marine industrial park, and investing billions in a dredging…more

EXCLUSIVE: High hopes in South Korea as boat show opens

GYEONGGI PROVINCE, South Korea – With great flourish and pageantry, the third Korea International Boat Show opened today, and organizers said they are well on their way toward the goal of making Gyeonggi Province and South Korea an emerging leader in the global marine leisure market. The two-hour opening ceremony featured martial artists, singers, the…more


Reinventing the boat show

When it comes to boat shows, there’s agreement among many on one aspect: There are too many. The National Marine Manufacturers Association sold four boat shows and acquired one in the last year, leaving a total of 17 NMMA-owned shows. Several were called off because of the economy, and not all of them will be…more

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