Last weekend’s Progressive Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show wrapped a five-day run with a final attendance of 48,644, up 4 percent from last year’s attendance of 46,670.
The Progressive Minneapolis Boat Show also closed its four-day run on Jan. 14. Attendance was 34,402, down 5.5 percent from 36,388 in 2017; the drop was attributed to Sunday’s Minnesota Vikings home NFL playoff game.
Exhibitor feedback in Chicago was positive because of strong sales and crowds, including Saturday, which saw more than 20,000 people attend, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the group that owns and operates the shows, said in its Currents newsletter.
On Sunday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel toured the event with show manager Keith Ogulnick and met with exhibitors and visitors before hosting a tourism-focused press conference.
Dealers at the Minneapolis show reported solid sales and quality leads despite the football game. The first Minneapolis Innovation Awards were held on Jan. 11, honoring the winners in three product categories.
The Progressive Nashville Boat Show, the Progressive Atlanta Boat Show and the Progressive Kansas City Boat & Sportshow are underway this week and will continue through Sunday.