Photography by BIA
More than 63,000 visitors attended the show, returning to visitor numbers on par with those of 2012. While specific attendance figures will not be known for a short while, the Association believes the real result will be recognised over the coming days as exhibitors collect their results.
Association CEO Howard Glenn said “We had a number of factors in our favour; Our return fully to our spiritual home of Darling Harbour, the 50th anniversary, exceptional weather, exhibitor optimism and very strong indications that consumer sentiment is on the rise”.
“The Association had a clear vision of what the industry wanted and needed, and set its sights on achieving it. This show has been years in the planning, and our attitude was that nothing could be left to chance. Planning and attention to detail were paramount.”
Success also came in the BIA’s ability to ensure that that show visitors were richly educated and entertained, with three stages covering fishing, dive and aftermarket products and services.
Fabulous displays from the Kilpatrick Family of racing boats and the Maritime Museum sat alongside the photography competition.
Added to this was a great hub of information from the My First Boat Zone as well as Transport for NSW who provided much support as the event’s Partner in Safety. Those with adventure in their veins had a chance to hear stories from both Lisa Blair and Michelle Lee.
The Association recognised that the show’s success was not possible without the support from the venue team, suppliers and contractors who helped deliver the show.
To complement the work of the Association, venue and suppliers, was that of the many exhibitors. There was no question that those who participated went all out to ensure their products and services were seen at their best.
Exhibitors are reporting strong sales across the board with deliveries scheduled as early as next few days after the show.
Dates for the 2018 event have been set as 2 to 6 August.