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.

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


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.

Study touts role of boat shows in making sales

At a time when dealers and manufacturers may be tempted to cut costs by not exhibiting at boat shows, a newly released study indicates that shows remain a crucial ingredient in selling boats and equipment. “Even in the down market we’re in, boat shows are producing sales,” Ben Wold, executive vice president of the National…more

Investors bid to produce Annapolis boat shows

A group of Annapolis, Md.-based investors has offered an alternative to the city for the production of the U.S. Powerboat and U.S. Sailboat shows held at City Dock. “We have asked the Annapolis City Council to entertain a competitive bid to produce the annual Annapolis-based boat shows in October starting with the expiration of the…more

NMMA: Attendance down, sales strong at Tampa show

Despite a 12 percent drop in attendance, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported strong sales at the Tampa Boat Show, held Sept. 5-7 at the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center. In addition to the strong sales, exhibitors generated a large number of leads from the 18,450 people who attended the three-day event, according to the NMMA.…more

NMMA cancels Des Moines boat show

After four years of competing with other shows, coupled with the down economy, the National Marine Manufacturers Association has canceled the Des Moines Sportshow. “At the end of the day we just weren’t successful with it,” Ben Wold, NMMA executive vice president in charge of boat shows, told Soundings Trade Only this morning. The 66th…more

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