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Tampa show reports attendance boost

The 2011 Tampa (Fla.) Boat Show, which ran Sept. 9-11, saw a 10 percent increase in attendance from 2010, show organizer National Marine Manufacturers Association reported.

Total attendance this year was 16,314.

New traffic drivers to the show included an increase in the number of in-water boats — from about 40 last year to nearly 70 this year — and the return of the big boats, up to 97 feet. Other popular features were the Discover Boating Resource Center, a VIP reception and appearances by the cast of the Discovery Channel show “Deadliest Catch.”

Next up for the NMMA is the 36th annual Norwalk (Conn.) Boat Show, which runs Sept. 22-25.

For more on the Tampa Boat Show, click here to read Norm Schultz’s blog.

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