Boat show roundup

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The eighth annual Savannah International Boat Show, held Feb. 26-28 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, showed positive signs of things to come for the boating industry, organizers said.

This year's show logged an 18 percent increase in attendance over the 2009 show. Organizers said 7,080 attended this year's event, compared to 6,000 last year.

"This has been a very difficult year for the boating industry, but to see more than 7,000 people come and show support indicates that this industry may be struggling, but it's not going anywhere," show producer Jacqui Bomar said in a statement.

This year, the Savannah International Boat Show took on an additional goal to help feed families in and around the Savannah area. Attendees were encouraged to bring five canned goods in exchange for $2 off admission.

This effort raised 867 pounds of food to relieve local hunger.

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The 18th annual Dubai International Boat Show opened Tuesday, beginning five days of live entertainment and the largest display of boats in the Middle East.

The show runs through Saturday at the Dubai International Marine Club.

"I would like to thank His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed for gracing the occasion of the opening of the Dubai International Boat Show," said Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO of the Dubai World Trade Centre, in a statement.

"The show provides remarkable business opportunities as we see the momentum move towards recovery and an increase in consumer confidence. This year there will be many great deals available from some of the world's top leisure marine companies," he added.

The Dubai International Boat Show will be the backdrop for 15 global launches and more than 25 regional premiers, including announcements, organizers said.

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