The fifth annual Floating Boat and Marine Trade Show will be held at the Nanaimo Boat Basin, Nanaimo, BC, June 5 to 7.
According to show manager, David Mailloux, the show couldn't be held at a more prominent time as it's scheduled surrounding key events including the acclaimed Van Isle 360 Yacht Race, National Tourism Week, National Safe Boating Week and World Ocean Day. Mailloux also explained the Vancouver Island University Culinary Arts program will be on site providing gourmet seafood sampling.
“These events draw people to the show that we wouldn't normally see,” said Mailloux. “With the Van Isle 360 race and the other events, it will attract more people that are into boating so there's a nice traffic bump. It's a good strategy as they create a lot of energy. The way we position our show is to attract a group of people that identify well with boating. We will have pre-owned boats as well as new boats on display, which also makes the show very well positioned given the economy.”
While the event will have a variety of marine businesses on display, ranging from exhibitors focusing on safety, insurance, and support agencies to marinas lending advice on moorage and other offerings, the show is expected to attract a series of yacht brokerages as well as boat manufacturers.
“We have a lot of the same exhibitors as last year with a few of brokers from the mainland as well as from Vancouver Island,” said Maillioux. “In 2008, we had 65 exhibitors, so we will be very close to 100 percent our capacity as last year.”