The BC Marine Trades Association (BCMTA) has announced that Canadian Boat Shows Inc. (CBSI) has been selected to manage its Vancouver International Boat Show (VIBS), effective immediately. “This is very good news for the industry,” said Alan Stovell, BCMTA President. “CBSI is an industry-owned consortium, led by Linda Waddell and key staff who have organized the Vancouver show for the past seven years. The expertise and professionalism that guided the organization of VIBS in the past will continue without interruption.”
Stovell explained that the change in management company was triggered by the cancellation of the contract with the Chicago, IL-based National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). “When NMMA sold the Toronto International Boat Show earlier this year to Canadian Boat Shows Inc., they re-evaluated their ability to effectively manage VIBS. We have very much appreciated the efforts of NMMA and the close relationship that has developed over the past seven years. As the leading North American trade association representing marine manufacturers, we expect to continue working with their Canada division on issues that affect the industry at provincial, national and international levels.”
Stovell adds that BCMTA is confident CBSI will continue to provide the same high level of service that was evident under NMMA. Speaking on behalf of CBSI, President Linda Waddell echoed that comment. “The past seven years of working together with BCMTA have built the foundation for a strong partnership,” said Waddell. “We share a common vision and commitment for the value the Vancouver Show brings to the industry and exhibitors. We're pleased to have the opportunity to continue managing the show under a new structure. CBSI will have a new office address in Vancouver and some staff re-organization, which we'll be working with BCMTA to establish shortly.”
Waddell notes that management of the Vancouver show will rest with existing CBSI staff in Bolton, ON, though the company does intend to add an additional staff member in British Columbia over the summer “to assist with sales and operational concerns related to the Vancouver International Boat Show,” says Waddell.
The 49th annual Vancouver International Boat Show will be held from February 9 to 13, 2011 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Normally hosted at BC Place, the show moves to the Convention Centre for 2011 as a result of ongoing work to replace the fabric roof at BC Place (the show will return to the new BC Place in February 2012).
Exhibitor applications for the 2011 Vancouver International Boat Show will be sent out in August by email, and exhibitors are encouraged to sign up early to take advantage of special promotional opportunities. With its change of venue for 2011, and following the show's cancellation in 2010 to accommodate the Olympic games, interest in the show is already very strong.