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Houston show reports attendance gain

Organizers said the 60th annual Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show wrapped up Sunday with a 14 percent increase in overall attendance and a significant boost in sales.

The show, which fills the entire 16 acres of the NRG Center floor with boats, boat trailers and merchandise for the outdoors, ran from Jan. 2-11.

“After all the hard work that goes into making the Houston Boat Show a success, we were so pleased to learn that overall attendance was up 14 percent this year and that resulted in very strong sales,” show president Ken Lovell said in a statement.

“Since the Houston Boat Show takes place at the start of each new year, our sales and attendance are used to gauge what type of year it will be for sales revenue in the industry, and the local dealers and other exhibitors I talked to at the show are expecting healthy sales in 2015,” Lovell said.

Lovell attributes the boat show boom to a popular new floor plan implemented last year, a still healthy local economy and the fact that Houston has or is near practically every type of water body, including the Gulf of Mexico, bayous, lakes, rivers and a bay.

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