London show reports attendance numbers

The 62nd London Boat Show, which welcomed 90,328 people to ExCeL London, wrapped up on Sunday.
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The 62nd London Boat Show, which welcomed 90,328 people to ExCeL London, wrapped up on Sunday.

Organizers said more than 132 boats debuted at the show, including the largest boat ever globally launched there — the Sunseeker 131 Yacht — which was berthed out on the dockside.

Strong sales were reported, organizers said, with many companies reporting an increase from the previous year’s figures, including numerous multimillion-pound deals.

Nearly 400 boats were showcased during the 10-day event. Several new brands, such as Adidas Sailing and Bainbridge International, exhibited at the show for the first time.

“This has been our most successful London Boat Show for a number of years, with confirmed boat orders worth 40 million pounds of retail sales, excluding tax, and several more sales in the pipeline,” Sunseeker sales director Sean Robertson said in a statement.

“It’s very good news for the sector because it’s the first show of the year and it is an excellent barometer of sales to come in 2016. We were especially delighted to debut the eagerly anticipated 131 Yacht this year, which is the largest ever to be launched at the London Boat Show in history.”

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