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NMMA reports show attendance increases

Attendance and sales were strong at three recent National Marine Manufacturers Association shows in Louisville, Ky., Chicago and Baltimore, the group announced.

Attendance was up 9 percent from 2010 at the Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow, which ran Jan. 26-30. Organizers said 37,589 attended, compared with 34,613 in 2010. Many exhibitors said it was the best show they'd had in years.

Strictly Sail Chicago, which ran Jan. 27-30, also saw an increase in attendance, up 2 percent, to 15,490, compared with 15,251 in 2010. There were reports of dozens of sailboats sold, the NMMA said.

A heavy snowstorm that occurred on the opening day of the Baltimore Boat Show severely affected weekday attendance, but the show bounced back. Weekend attendance spiked significantly.

The show, which ran Jan. 27-30, closed even with 2010, drawing 14,055 people.

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