Shows and Events


This roundup of shows and events includes news from the WorkBoat Show, the Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show, the Providence (R.I.) Boat Show and the Toronto International Boat Show.

Registration is open for the 32nd International WorkBoat Show, North America’s largest commercial marine trade show and conference, which will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.

A record number of exhibitors and customers are expected for the show, which features more than 1,000 exhibitors, the third annual WorkBoat Executive Summit, WorkBoat Professional Series and the sixth annual Shipyard Day.

“The 2010 show brought more than 10,000 visitors and exhibitors from 45 states and 27 countries,” show director Bob Callahan said in a statement. “The WorkBoat Show continues to be the premier marketplace for businesses working on the coastal, inland and offshore waters.”

Callahan said visitors to the show represent more than $2.3 billion in buying power. Last year, 88 percent of the visitors found new products or companies at the show and 65 percent planned to purchase as a result of attending.

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The Progressive InsuranceAtlanta Boat Show is set for Jan. 12-15 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Visitors to the 2012 show have the chance to view, board and shop hundreds of boats of all shapes and sizes from the region’s top dealers and take advantage of show specials on the latest marine accessories and electronics. The Southeast’s premier boating event also includes family attractions and boating courses for new and seasoned boaters to hone their skills.

Visitors can stop at the Powerboat Docking Challenge, where new and experienced boaters compete against the clock to dock a remote-controlled boat; participate in daily free boating and fishing seminars; bring their junior anglers to the trout pond and more.

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The 19th annual Providence (R.I.) Boat Show is set for Jan. 12-15 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

The event is the first winter show of the year in New England and will feature 225 exhibitors with more than 300 boats from 8 to 40 feet. The show also includes 130 booths of electronics, accessories, storage, repair services and insurance.

The show also includes seminars and real-world boating workshops.

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association will provide information about careers in the marine industry and programs available for training.

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The 54th annual Toronto International Boat Show, Canada’s largest marine marketplace, is set for Jan. 14-22 at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place.

“From fishing to cruising to family fun, there are boats for every lifestyle, activity and budget,” organizers said in a statement. “There’s no better time to buy. Don’t miss all the newest marine products and services, plus on-the-water boating activities, boat rides, wakeboarding and boat-handling demonstrations on the world’s largest indoor lake in Ricoh Coliseum.”

More than 100 seminars are scheduled during the event.

Organizers also announced that is the official boat listing service of the 2012 Toronto and Vancouver boat shows.

“We’ve seen significant growth in the number of consumers pre-planning their show visits, combined with an extended post-show decision process,” show director Linda Waddell said in a statement.

“They want information about specific boat models on display, and this feature will offer considerable value before, during and after the show,” she added. “With more than 200,000 visits to the Toronto and Vancouver websites each year, we’re thrilled to be expanding in this direction by delivering a tool that will help exhibitors sell more product.”


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