Tampa show reports increased attendance

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The Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show, which concluded Sunday, reported a 6 percent increase in attendance compared with a year ago. It had been moved from September due to inclement weather.

A note in the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s Currents e-newsletter today stated that the show had its first-ever Career Day, with 20 students from Pinellas Technical College and local high schools engaging in a two-hour question-and-answer session with marine industry professionals. The show also included on-water training by BoatUS, discounted tickets and exclusive deals Friday evening, a Sunday Family Day, a Progressive Insurance Boat Club and more.

The show received media coverage from local broadcast stations, print publications and online outlets. Dealers reported strong activity.

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