LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The new home of the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference seems to be a hit, the show's co-director said.
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On the show floor, it's common to hear talk about how courteous the people are in Louisville, Ky. - drawing comparisons to the show's previous Miami Beach location.
"I've been here since Saturday and I'm just really impressed with how polite people are," Cramer said. "In fact I told somebody today, 'Even the panhandlers are polite.' "
Although the comments have been overwhelmingly positive, it's still too early to see whether the upbeat attitude will translate to sales, Cramer said
"We've got a long way to go," he said.
More than 500 exhibitors are in Louisville to show off the newest products, systems and services. Seventy are first-time exhibitors. The addition of the MAATS Aftermarket Pavilion, sponsored by Soundings Trade Only, also makes sense this year, Cramer said.
However, in a lesson drawn from the recession, organizers must be careful about going "too horizontal" in future shows, he said.
Look for an in-depth interview with Cramer in an upcoming issue of Soundings Trade Only.