NMMA cancels Toronto show

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association canceled this year's Toronto In-Water Boat Show because of the economic downturn in the United States and Canada. The show had been scheduled for Sept. 17-20.

"The show's not going away; it will come back next year," Ben Wold, executive vice president for NMMA, told Soundings Trade Only.

Next year's show is scheduled for Sept. 16-19, 2010.

Wold said the association decided last week to cancel the fall Toronto show after hearing from exhibitors who would prefer to focus their resources on the larger Toronto International Boat Show. That show is scheduled for Jan. 9-17.

"Due to market conditions, minimal inventory levels and a strong desire from boat dealers to focus efforts on the upcoming Toronto International Boat Show, it isn't feasible to produce the 2009 show," said Linda Waddell, NMMA vice president of Northern shows, in a letter to exhibitors.

She noted that many dealers had committed to their spaces and were looking forward to the show, but the amount of exhibit space confirmed is not enough to produce a strong show.

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