Fewer shows in the Seattle area next year

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Three Seattle-region boat shows have been canceled for next year, which could bode well for the upcoming Seattle show.

The 2010 boat shows in Tacoma and Everett, Wash., and the annual show in Vancouver, British Columbia, were canceled, though the Vancouver show's postponement was to allow for construction of a retractable roof at BC Place, where the event was to be held, Three Sheets Northwest reports.

The Northwest Marine Trade Association, which puts on the Everett show, decided last month to cancel the April event for the second year in a row.

Bill O'Loughlin, president of O'Loughlin Trade Shows, said his company decided to cancel the Tacoma show scheduled for early April.

With boat dealers participating in fewer shows, O'Loughlin said, most in the area are focused on the Jan. 29-Feb. 6 Seattle Boat Show. "That's the No. 1 show. Dealers are putting a lot of dollars and emphasis into that event," he said.

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