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New York show dates moved to January

After seven years, the New York National Boat Show is moving out of its holiday dates and back to its traditional timeframe, the National Marine Manufacturers Association announced.

The 105th annual show, which is changing from nine days to five, will take place Jan. 20-24, 2010, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

"The New York show date change is a major victory for our industry," said Ben Wold, executive vice president, in a statement. "We couldn't be happier about securing the desired dates for our exhibitors who have continually supported us over these past few years of date challenges. The new timeframe will allow us to create and market a much stronger show than in recent years."

From 2003-09, residents throughout the greater New York City region have often missed the show because of the holidays. Attendance at the most recent show, held Dec. 13-21, was down 49 percent, the NMMA previously reported.

With the January date change, local and regional boating enthusiasts will have a better opportunity to attend the show, creating a stronger selling environment for exhibitors.

"Hopefully for our dealers this is good news. This January date is what we've been asking for," Christopher Squeri, executive director of the New York Marine Trades Association, told Soundings Trade Only.

This may put pressure on the regional show schedule, he added, noting his group will look at moving its Long Island show so dealers are not moving out of one show and right into another.

"Change is good, and this is what we needed for the New York show," Squeri said.

The NYMTA and its dealer members throughout the New York region also played a role in securing the new dates, aggressively petitioning legislators and providing insight to key decision-makers on the importance of the late-January timing.

Grant Westerson, executive director of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association, also applauded the news.

"As far as the New York show, it's probably the best thing they've heard in a long time," he said.  "As far as conflicting with our show, we're Jan. 28-31 ... so we would have to coordinate with whatever boats are coming out of that show that might be coming to ours."

"Not a lot of dealers do both shows. I'm sure they'll be some - probably the western Connecticut dealers, the Candlewood Lake dealers. But on the other hand, most of them have smaller boats, and they probably have enough to use different boats for different shows," he added.

"Ultimately it's a plus. It's about the best thing New York could have heard," Westerson said.

Jonathan Pritko was appointed show manager. He also manages NMMA's Atlantic City (N.J.) International Power Boat Show and Norwalk (Conn.) International In-Water Boat Show.

- Beth Rosenberg



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