The Boating Industry Association (BIA) President Darren Vaux said the Board of Directors was confident measures taken throughout 2020 had put the organisation in a strong position for the recovery stages of COVID-19.
“Like many organisations, we had to make hard decisions relating to budget and resources throughout 2020, and that has put us in good stead to rebound,” Vaux said.
“Retail activity across the boating industry has been very strong over the past eight months as the public have opted to get outdoors for recreation and leisure – and what better way to do that than on the waterways in a boat with family and friends. Boating is an activity that supports being COVID-safe.”
The BIA has held large sporting events and other shows and exhibitions successfully around the country over recent months. Such events are proof that there has been continual improvements being made under COVID-safe plans, including contact tracing.
“The BIA is pleased to announce that planning is well advanced to deliver two key boat shows in 2021.”
A new-format, COVID-safe Sydney International Boat Show will be held from 29 July at the International Convention Centre & Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour. The Brisbane Boat Show will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20 August.
“The aim of both the Sydney and Brisbane events is to celebrate the boating lifestyle, and to build upon and continue to stimulate Australia’s booming interest in boating,” continued Vaux.
We will do this by creating a festival atmosphere around boating through exhibitions, presentations, demonstrations and entertainment to engage the entire family.”
In the coming weeks and months, the BIA will be making more announcements about these shows.
While boat shows are scheduled for Sydney and Brisbane, the BIA has decided to holdover the Rosehill Trailer Boat Show and Adelaide Boat Show until 2022.