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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is set to get even bigger for its 32nd edition.

12 December 2019


A raft of exciting changes have been implemented to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in 2020 to further enhance the visitor experience, which includes an improved pavilion layout and new zones catering for more trailerable boats on land and luxury vessels on water.

The recent announcement of a $8.31 million investment by owners Mulpha Australia Ltd to expand the Sanctuary Cove Marina ahead of the show will facilitate more boats on water with brand-new, premium options for vessels up to 180 feet. The marina expansion is due for completion in April 2020.

Marina General Manager Steve Sammes says, “For exhibitors and visitors to the 2020 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the new marina, which stretches up to the lagoon pool at the InterContinental, will offer more space and scope for displays and the opportunity to activate the resort facilities.”

The new development will take the Sanctuary Cove marina capacity from 237 to 303 vessels, and in a first for the Australian recreational marina industry, the new marina will include covered berths.


“The expansion of the marina presents the opportunity to grow the high-end offering on water and strengthen the luxury superyacht and charter segments at the show,” says SCIBS General Manager Johan Hasser.

He adds, “More premium on-water displays, coupled with more space for the growing trailer boat segment, means next year’s show will aim to expand both ends of the market.”

The 2019 show was one of the most successful in the event’s history, attracting over 47,000 visitors, 334 exhibitors and more than 600 boats. Show organisers anticipate exhibitor space will again sell out well before SCIBS 2020 in May.

The 2020 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will be held from 21–24 May.


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