California show reports record attendance

Author:
Publish date:
Social count:
0

The Newport Boat Show, held April 18-21, not only set new attendance records this year — up more than 3 percent from any show in the last decade — but also one offering in particular caught the eyes of many.

The HeliCat 22 — a flashy hybrid between a helicopter and a catamaran — got more than 30,000 views on the show’s Facebook page and had 267 shares as of this morning. Every other vessel posted on the site got between 6,000 and 9,000 views.

“Our social media was getting a response,” show producer Duncan McIntosh told Trade Only Today in an email.

helicat0423

The number of vessels 70 feet and larger was up more than 150 percent, higher than any show for the last decade. The total number of vessels exhibited in this year’s show was up 22 percent from the 2012 event, McIntosh said. And this year’s record number of show attendees included many boat buyers.

“Brokerage deals were particularly strong, with many offers being written in the $200,000 to $650,000 range,” McIntosh said in a statement. “We also saw some resurgence in new boat activity: Offers were being written on a number of vessels topping $1 million.”

Accessory, equipment and service displays and booths sold out quickly this year. “Making room for and growing this segment of the show is priority No.1 going forward,” McIntosh said.

A number of charters and boat slips were sold at the show, Janette Hood, operations manager and advertising director for the Duncan McIntosh Co., said in a statement. Accessory and service exhibitors were enthusiastic about their results.

“I had quite a few accessory vendors ask to give deposits on their space for the upcoming September Lido Yacht Expo and our 2014 April Newport Boat Show, as they were very successful with their sales and leads from this show,” Hood said.

— Reagan Haynes

Related

Dealers cautiously optimistic in March

Potential tariffs on aluminum and aluminum sheet are the most concerning policy issue facing the industry outside of workforce challenges, with the spread of E15 following closely behind, according to a new dealer survey.

Hinckley’s Scott Bryant

The Hinckley Company has long been a leader in technology, and in 2017, it became the first production boatbuilder to roll out an all-electric luxury yacht, Dasher.

Full Slate at ABC

A slew of major marine industry issues — including some it has confronted for years — are closer than ever to being resolved, making the American Boating Congress, May 9-11 in Washington, D.C., the most crucial to date, organizers say.