The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo shifted the dates for its 2016 event to Dec. 5-8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., to accommodate a shift in the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show’s timing.
Organizers said they decided to diverge from the MDCE’s traditional mid-November time frame in response to the new schedule for FLIBS, which has been shifting from mid-to-late October to early November to avoid the worst of hurricane season.
“The Fort Lauderdale show has moved from late October to early November,” Boating Industry vice president Amy Collins said in a statement. Boating Industry co-produces MDCE alongside the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas.
“We’re responding to this change by moving MDCE 2016 to December because it’s the right thing to do for the many marine industry professionals who participate in both events,” Collins said.
That means the MDCE will no longer conflict with key industry events such as the Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam.
It will avoid the opening of hunting season in many states and provinces. And it will allow marine retailers who are still busy with winterizing and storage in mid-November to attend.
“In researching the potential impact of these December dates, we were delighted to find that many dealers welcomed the change,” MRAA president Liz Walz said. “When you combine this with the other new features we’re developing to meet the changing needs of the industry, it’s hard not to be excited about MDCE’s future.”
The 2015 event is scheduled to take place Nov. 15-18 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.