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Seattle show reports boost in attendance

The 69th annual Seattle Boat Show wrapped up Feb. 6 with an increase in attendance of 1.4 percent from 2015.

The 69th annual Seattle Boat Show wrapped up Feb. 6 with an increase in attendance of 1.4 percent from 2015.

The nine-day event attracted visitors from 37 states, three Canadian provinces, one Canadian territory and countries as distant as Australia, Great Britain and China.

Attendance was 52,427, compared with 51,684 last year. Exhibitors across the board were extremely positive about the quantity and quality and positive attitude of show visitors, according to show organizers.

“We were very pleased to see an increase in attendance,” Northwest Marine Trade Association president and CEO George Harris said in a statement.

“Attendees showed up with enthusiasm, ready to shop, plan and prepare for every type of boating in the Northwest, and the reports from our exhibitors are some of the most positive we’ve seen in years,” Harris said.

Seattle Boat Co. said it was up 27 percent in units from the previous year and 22 percent in dollar volume.

“We couldn’t be more pleased,” said James Baker, vice president of Seattle Boat Co., a dealer for Cobalt and Malibu boats. “Product innovation played a big part.”

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