The British Columbia Marine Trades Association (BCMTA) announced that the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has ended its management contract for the Vancouver International Boat Show.
According to the BCMTA the show will come under new management for 2011. In March the NMMA announced selling the Toronto International Boat Show to Canadian Boat Shows Inc. According to BCMTA President, Alan Stovell, that sale prompted the NMMA to re-evaluate its ability to effectively manage the Vancouver show.
“We received notice of the cancellation of [the NMMA's] management contract,” said Stovell. “This was bitter-sweet news. We have been extremely pleased with the partnership with NMMA and have nothing but high praise for the association and their management of our show. Recognizing, however, that the leader of the team who managed the show – Linda Waddell – is now a principal owner and President of the new company, we are pleased to announce that we are close to signing a new contract with Canadian Boat Shows which will ensure continuity in management style and approach.”
Next year the show is being held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, but returns to BC Place in 2012. “I'm quite excited about this. We have a unique opportunity to do something different, something that will be newsworthy beyond our regular advertising and will be fresh for visitors,” said Stovell.
The 2011 Vancouver International Boat Show is scheduled from February 9 to 13.