Detroit Boat Show has strong sales and attendance

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Center consoles were among the many types of boat on display in Detroit.

Center consoles were among the many types of boat on display in Detroit.

The Michigan Boating Industries Association reports that the 2019 Detroit Boat Show, which was held at Cobo Center from February 16 to 24, was 50,000 square feet larger than last year’s event. It totaled 500,000 square feet and featured nearly 800 boats.

“As usual, our exhibitors made us proud. Exhibitors brought in more boats and more brands, some new to the Great Lakes market,” Nicki Polan, show manager for MBIA, said in a statement. “What resulted was an impressive and professional showing of all things boating and the opportunity to highlight the benefits of the boating lifestyle.”

More than 69,000 people attended the show. The MBIA said exhibitors reported strong sales leads. “We were pleased to hear good news about sales and to see an increase in ticket sales for the event,” said Polan.

Added Patti Smith, and MBIA board chair and vice president of sales and operations at Silver Spray Sports: “It was great to see the show the largest it has been in an decade, and have people there full of excitement, looking forward to the summer.”

Next year’s Detroit Boat Show will take place January 18-26 at the Cobo Center.


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