Published: Monday, 22 August 2016

The number of visitors to the Brisbane Boat Show held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre at South Bank Aug 19-21 increased by 40% from last year. 

Attendance At Brisbane Boat Show Goes Up 40 3

(Photos: Brisbane Boat Show)

The city venue was one of the several key changes made this year to revitalise an event with a history of 56 years. On top of this, the show was delivered by the national Boating Industry Association and it was moved to a new date away from the Fathers’ Day, and reduced to three days.

The exhibitors were pleased with the levels of interest, with a healthy mix of both boat buyers and those new to the boating lifestyle.

Attendance At Brisbane Boat Show Goes Up 40 2

“It was good to be back at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and I am looking forward to a bigger and brighter show in 2017," says Wynnum Marine and boat manufacturer Cruise Craft Director Nathan Nichols. The Nichols have never missed exhibiting at the Brisbane show since it started.

“Apart from the healthy interest from those new to the lifestyle, retailers made solid sales and gathered sufficient leads to keep them busy for the weeks and months to come”, says Boating Industry Association National Chief Executive Officer Howard Glenn. “Manufacturers used the event to continue to study changing consumer tastes, and with this event at the doorstep of Australia’s manufacturing hub, it is ideal for doing that. Visitors to the show were also winners with the Boating Safety Zone being a key point of interest, with Queensland government and volunteer agencies gathering to promote safe boating. The Entertainment Zone featured a host of boating and fishing experts, together with the occasional adventurer and sporting legend. Products across all sectors were in demand, and it looks like our waterways will be abuzz with new boaties very soon."

Attendance At Brisbane Boat Show Goes Up 40

The Brisbane Boat Show this year had 12,300 visitors and will return to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in 2017.