Published: Friday, 23 May 2014

Stunning weather greeted the official opening of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) at 9am yesterday by Queensland Governor, Penelope Wensley AC, who spoke of the economic contribution of the marine industry to the Australian economy, estimated at eight billion dollars per year. 

Online ticket sales are up 50 per cent from the same time last year, boding well for the show.

“The buzz round here is fantastic and in a generic sense we think this reflects a continuing improvement in the economic climate,” says Johan Hasser, Head of Events at Mulpha Sanctuary Cove.

Busy First Day At Scibs

“The people here are actually shopping,” says Sean Madgwick, sales manager at Horizon Motor Yachts Australia, adding that the people coming through were a mix of their database clients and new shoppers.

At Multihull Central, Brent Vaughan says the first day got off to a really busy start.

“It’s going to be a cracker of a show!” he predicts. “We have been run off our feet.”

The 2014 Boat Show showcases a wide variety of international boating brands, products and technologies on display alongside the superb backdrop of the award-winning Sanctuary Cove marina and The Marine Village.