Detroit show reports attendance boost - Trade Only Today

Detroit show reports attendance boost

Author:
Publish date:
Social count:
0

The 54th Annual Detroit Boat Show, which ran Feb. 11-19 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, saw a 1.2 percent increase in attendance and a strong uptick in boat sales from 2011, organizers said.

A reported 62,970 people attended the event, which is produced by the Michigan Boating Industry’s Association.

“We had a number of exhibitors who had their best show in over four years,” show manager John Ropp said in a statement. “All commented that the right people were attending the show and that interest and sales were strong. Positive news about the auto industry, declining unemployment numbers and improving home values are building consumer confidence, which is driving boat sales.”

The show’s space sales were up 25 percent from 2011, and Detroit Boat Show management will look to key exhibitors to determine whether there is a need to expand to two halls in 2013.

“If things keep moving in the right direction and with a little help, we will be positioned to take on another hall at Cobo Center next year — providing an exceptional show experience for attendees,” Ropp added.

Related

OneWater Marine touts May sales

Atlanta-based OneWater Marine Holdings recognized 34 sales consultants for delivering 10 or more boats each in the month of May, contributing to a record-setting month for unit sales at the company.

Golden Boat Lifts expands

Golden Boat Lifts, a manufacturer of post, elevator and freestanding boat lifts, has expanded its manufacturing space by 7,000 square feet.