The National Marine Manufacturers Association is selling the Los Angeles Boat Show and the San Diego International Boat Show to the Duncan McIntosh Company and says it won’t produce a San Francisco show in 2017.
Without those shows on the roster, the NMMA will close the NMMA West offices in the spring.
“We transferred two shows to Duncan McIntosh because we wanted to ensure their continuity and decided not to produce San Francisco as a standalone event in 2017,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich told Trade Only Today this morning.
The NMMA said the 2016 Los Angeles Boat Show completed a four-day run on Feb. 28 with an 11 percent increase in attendance. The 2016 San Diego International Boat Show, set to run June 16-19 at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina on Harbor Island, will conduct business as usual. All existing agreements for 2016 will be honored by Duncan McIntosh Company.
Company president Duncan McIntosh already runs a number of boat shows, including the Fred Hall Shows, which were acquired from the American Sportfishing Association in 2014, as well as the Newport Boat Show in California and the Lido Yacht Expo. He also is the publisher of several magazines, including several that serve the marine industry.
After the San Francisco show was canceled in January because of weather and because of challenges in finding a suitable long-term home for the show in northern California, the NMMA said it will not produce a San Francisco show in 2017.
“It was not an easy decision to make, but after listening to our exhibitors and exploring our options for alternative host sites, it became clear we would not be able to produce the kind of event our attendees and exhibitors have come to expect from NMMA,” Dammrich said in a statement.
“We thank our exhibitors for their support as we looked to use this show as a way to reinvigorate the northern California market and hope our exhibitors understand our reasons behind this difficult decision.”
With these changes come changes at the NMMA. Without these shows on its roster, the NMMA West offices will close later this spring.
“We are sad to say goodbye to Dave Geoffroy and his talented team of professionals and thank them for their hard work and dedication in working with us to grow recreational boating in California,” Dammrich said in a letter to exhibitors. “Dave has been a fixture in the Southern California boating industry for 45 years and has served the industry as an association leader for 18 years. We hope you will join us in wishing them well in their future endeavors.”
David Dickerson and the NMMA’s state government relations team will remain active in California legislative and regulatory efforts.
The NMMA said John McKnight's work with the California Air Resources Board and Nicole Vasilaros' work in ensuring that California is part of the NMMA’s federal government relations efforts will continue.
The NMMA teams supporting statistics, certification, marketing and public relations in California are moving full speed ahead, and the NMMA also said California remains a key region that is integral to the success of the entire U.S. boating industry and a priority for the trade group.