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Published: Friday, 06 January 2017

The Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo March 17-19 in Australia has received more than 120 enquiries on top of 100 exhibitors returning to the show. 

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(Photos: GC Boat Show - Gold Coast International Boat Show 2016)

“We are the busiest we have been in seven years,” says Event & Marketing Manager Emma Brown. “Bookings and enquiries across both the marina and our hardstand space from a very wide variety of exhibitor categories point to an even bigger showcase next year than our largest-ever Expo in 2016.

“In the three weeks since we opened to exhibitors, we have fielded over 120 enquiries from exhibitors who have never before exhibited at our boat show. That’s in addition to more than 100 exhibitors returning to our boat show in 2017. A great many existing exhibitors are now securing additional display space or berths for 2017.”

The confirmed and reserved exhibitor space was already over 70 per cent of the entire 2016 boat show.

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“The key driver for the change of dates to March is to stage the Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo right in the heart of Australia’s boating industry capital at Coomera at a time when enthusiasts have boating top of mind,” she adds. “Everything tells us that the new March timing – from 17-19 March 2017 – is just right for boating enthusiasts and our industry.”

March was an opportune time for manufacturers and importers to release their latest models for the first time to the Australian market, according to Brown.

“The new March dates also create an ideal delivery lead time for our exhibitors as existing boat owners prepare for the following summer,” she says. “Fresh in their minds in March are their considerations for repowering, replacing or upgrading their boat’s systems and accessories, or buying a new boat or yacht to further enhance their leisure time with family and friends.”

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“There will be more exhibitors, more people and more choices than ever before,” says Stefan Ackerie from Stefan Boating World. “Stefan Boating World will have an enormous range of brand-new boats here at that time – in fact the largest range of boats under one roof in Australia.

“Among our many premiere models will be the new Karnic SL and Morningstar ranges. The Morningstar – on display for the first time in the world – will come with a 100 per cent money-back guarantee if you don’t like the boat for any reason within 30 days – and that’s an Australian-first too.” 

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Shaun Hale from Gold Coast WaveRunners will be showcasing two new personal watercraft models for the first time in Australia – the Yamaha EX and GP1800 models. “Staging the boat show in March will be a welcome boost leading into a traditionally quieter time of year,” says Hale. “It’s good timing.”

Clinton White from Whitewater Marine was among the first exhibitors aboard and endorses the boat show’s move to March. “I think it’s a great,” says White. “It enables us to premiere two new Tige watersports boats right here on the Gold Coast.”

The Multihull Group will unveil a brand-new Lagoon cruising catamaran for the first time on the water.

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“This new model from the French-based VPLP design team combines extraordinary spaciousness with remarkable offshore capabilities, even when fully laden for extended cruising,” says Multihull Group Managing Director John Cowpe. “With the trend towards cruising catamarans continuing to gain momentum, this model will only increase that popularity.”

The 2017 Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo – now operated and managed with the support of the Boating Industry Association – will reveal many more world, Australian and Queensland premieres.

www.gcboatshow.com.au