Attendance was down 10 percent at this year’s Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show, which ran Jan. 4-8 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, according to show producer National Marine Manufacturers Association.
The NMMA said it is attributing the drop to unseasonably mild weather and the New York Giants playoff game on Sunday afternoon that diminished closing-day crowds.
Although attendance was down, new features such as the interactive DIY learning Center Fred's Shed were very successful and there were many reports from exhibitors of boats sold, according to the association.
“We saw more optimism at the 2012 Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show than in the last four or five years. Some attendees have been coming out to the show for several years, just looking; however, after recent positive economic news on manufacturing and jobs it seems some Americans are ready to break out and do what they’ve been holding back on for years,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said in a statement.
“We saw this kind of reinvigorated interest at the 2012 show -- the buyers came out,” he added.
Next up for the NMMA are the Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show, the Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show and the Progressive Insurance Nashville Boat & Sportshow, all of which open Thursday.