The Sydney International Boat Show ended under sunny skies after 6 days of information and entertainment for boating enthusiasts and novices alike. The show in its 40th year turned out one of the greatest displays of recreational boating covering all market segments. Visitors to the show were treated to non-stop entertainment and one of the finest displays seen at a boat show in this country.
The 28,000 square meters of undercover displays, complimented with the specially built marina hosting 300 large vessels was every boaters dream. Visitor numbers were marginally down on last year, with 84,274 visitors attending over the 6 days, compared to the 84,662 in 2006. Show exhibitors reported mixed results with swings in consumer demand for various products evident from the first day of trading. Larger vessels appeared to be the flavor of the month, with numerous marina exhibitors reporting high levels of interest and show visitors willing to make an immediate commitment for a new vessel. Brands such as Maritimo, Riviera and Seawind Catamarans all reported excellent results.
Tim Sayer, Managing Director of Riviera’s R Marine Retail Network, said, “We are celebrating record sales of 42 boats, valued at more than 53 million USD, at the annual Sydney International Boat Show this week”. Brent Vaughan from Seawind advised that at close of business on the Monday, with still one day yet to go, they had finalized 10 Seawind Catamaran sales worth 4.5 Million USD. Domenic Genua, the Event Marketing Manager noted the trend for visitors purchase tickets at the marina. Whilst historically 30% of ticket purchases occurred at the marina ticket booths, this year indications are that it could be as high as 60%.
The boat show dates for 2008 are Thursday 31st July to Tuesday 5th August.