Sydney Boat Show Ends With Consumer Optimism
Published: Tuesday, 04 August 2015
The five-day Sydney International Boat Show wraps up with good weather and consumer optimism.
Achieving a visitor increase of 4.3% on the previous year, 51,015 visitors streamed through the doors of the dual location event at Darling Harbour and Glebe Island.
“An increase in visitation was a definite benefit, but more important has been the industry feedback that the volume of visitors showed a true interest in engaging in the recreational boating lifestyle further,” says Boating Industry Association General Manager Roy Privett. “This was reflected in sales of products above last year’s levels for many of the participating exhibitors.”
Show organisers were pleased with the take-up of space with the interim venue filling and demand for space on the marina exceeding that available. While a shortage of space is not ideal, it has delivered the show with a positive outlook for the future and a reassurance that its approach to the show is correct.
With over 50,000 visitors attending and all exhibitor space occupied, the event has remained as Australia’s premier recreational boating event.
The show is delivered by the Boating Industry Association and supported by its Partner in Safety Transport for NSW, through the office of the Maritime Management Centre and its office of Roads and Maritime Services.
The 2016 Sydney International Boat Show is scheduled for July 28 to August 1 where it will again run a split venue before returning fully to Darling Harbour for its 50th anniversary in 2017.