The Atlantic Marine Trades Association's (AMTA) Halifax International Boat Show, held February 19 to 22 in Halifax, NS, reported comparable sales with the Canadian economy and better-than-average attendance.
“We had a record attendance on the Saturday (February 21),” explained Pat Nelder, executive director for the AMTA. “Overall, we are expecting 2007 numbers for attendance. We had 120 exhibitors and were pretty full. However, some exhibitors did cut back on space this year.”
Nelder continued to explain that marine dealers were selling boats and reported consistent consumer traffic, buying interest, and encouraging sales leads.
“Exhibitors were selling boats and they were getting financing,” said Nelder. “However, they were not selling at 2008 levels. They seemed to have echoed what the other shows were reporting.”
Additionally, the show's annual VIP wine and cheese evening proved successful with a strong attendance as well as generous support for the IWK Children's Hospital through a live auction.