NMMA cancels New Orleans show

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The 2010 New Orleans Boat & Sportshow was cancelled in order to address dealer demands as the boating industry pulls out of the recession, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which produces the show.

The next show will be held in 2011, the NMMA says.

"There just wasn't enough critical mass to warrant an acceptable 2010 show for our exhibitors," said Cathy Rick-Joule, vice president of Southern shows, in a statement. "We want to continue to be the Gulf Coast's largest and best boat show and look forward to a new day for our industry and a sustainable and strong 2011 event."

In addition to the show's postponement, Barbara Sclafani, who has been with NMMA for 17 years and ran the New Orleans Boat & Sportshow for seven years, will retire Nov. 30.

The 41st annual New Orleans Boat & Sportshow is scheduled to take place Jan. 5-9, 2011, at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. A replacement for Sclafani has not yet been determined.

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