According to the Atlantic Marine Trades Association (AMTA), owners of the Halifax International Boat Show, more than 12,200 people attendance this year's show, representing a 14 percent increase over 2011. The event, which wrapped up this past Sunday, featured more than 110 boats on display.
“The ship building announcement that happened late this past year has given people the security to go make those leisure purchases,” says Denise Miller, Publicist with Master Promotions Ltd. the company that produces the Halifax Boat Show on behalf of the AMTA. “We were really pleased with the Halifax International Boat Show this year and the weather was great. We promoted the show in print, on the radio and through social networking sites this year and it got people thinking about the upcoming boating season.”
Post-show interviews with exhibitors revealed that many were satisfied with their results.
"We found that the crowds this year were up and we had lots of interest in our boats,' related Quartermaster Marine's Sales Manager, Jason Craig. "There were many buyers this year once again and we had a very successful show.'
"Well done putting on another great Halifax Boat Show,' congratulated Tim Edwards, Executive Director of Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association. "The NS-built boat section and apprentice project worked really well as far as I could tell.'
"We couldn't be happier with the 2012 results,' said Dave Trott of Seamasters Marine Services. "Great show!'
To help draw traffic to the show, the event featured a boat package door prize giveaway valued at $15,000. The package that included a brand new 16-foot Bayliner with trailer and motor, was provided by Quartermaster Marine, Mercury and Bayliner. “Last year we had a Zodiac Zoom, which was a great prize,” explains Miller. “But this upped the ante and makes it more exciting for exhibitors.”
Next year's Halifax International Boat Show is scheduled for February 21 to 24 inclusive.