Organizers report steady sales at Houston show

Sales were strong at the 61st annual Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show.
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Sales were strong at the 61st annual Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show, one of the longest-running indoor boat shows in the United States.

That’s according to show president Ken Lovell, who said, “Both boat and RV sales were steady despite some negative economic conditions during the show, such as low oil prices and a shaky stock market.

“Low interest rates have had a positive impact on the industry, as well as low gas prices, which leave people with more disposable income," Lovell said in a statement. "We saw people coming in to buy their first boat, and others who saw this as an opportunity to purchase a second boat.”

Lovell said the show, which ran from Jan. 8-17, was forced to suspend operations on the first Saturday it opened because of the Houston Texans’ NFL playoff game at NRG Stadium, which is adjacent to NRG Center, where the show is held.

However, when it reopened Jan. 10, attendance was at record numbers, organizers said.

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