Canadian Boat Shows, producer of the Vancouver International Boat Show reports that attendance was comparable to last year's event. Wrapping up on January 24, organizers report that BC Place and the Floating Show at Granville Island drew 30,340 visitors, up by two percent compared to 2015.
"The show has been a success across the board,' said Eric Nicholl, Show Manager. "Thanks to our vendors, and an extensive educational seminar program and variety of features, we have we have had a successful five-day event. Our strategic marketing initiatives are introducing more new boaters to the ‘boating lifestyle', which will help fuel future growth in the industry. We think the trends we are seeing here bode well for the upcoming year in BC.'
Organizer supplied exhibitor feedback included the following comments:
"The 2016 Show has been one of our highest quality shows ever,' said Bob Pappajohn of M&P Mercury Ltd. "We saw old clients and met new ones and we are thrilled with the results we're seeing across all segments.'
"Our outboard engine sales are up 50 percent,' said Steve Cyr from Yamaha Canada. "We had crowds in our space every day, all day, and the quality of people was exceptional. Our PWC and sport boat package sales were extremely strong. This was a great show for us.'
"We came to the show without a clear understanding of how the value of the Canadian dollar would affect us. We're excited to say that despite the uncertainty, we topped our results from last year, and are up 10 percent to 15 percent,' said Mike Hudson of Port Boat House. "This was our best show ever.'
"This was a good show for us thanks to the quality of people in attendance,' said Don Craig of Rod's Power and Marine. "We wrote several deals and have a significant number of leads for follow up.'
David Campbell from Freedom Marine stated: "The quality of customer has been better in 2016 than in previous years. We've invested more in our hospitality area at Granville Islandâ€¦the way we treat potential customers supports the quality of the boats we're selling.'
This year, show organizers brought in actor Ted Lange (Issac Washington from The Love Boat), who met with fans, posed for photos and spoke with a variety of members of the local Vancouver media.
Other event attractions included Prop Formula1 racer, Mike McLellan, who brought his powerboat for display as well as rower, Brenda Robbins, who broke a world record for continuously rowing for 26 straight hours.
The 55th Vancouver International Boat Show is scheduled for January 18 to
22, 2017 and will return to BC Place and Granville Island. Notably, the event will partially overlap with the Toronto International Boat Show, which is set for January 20 to 29.
Boating BC Association owns the Vancouver International Boat Show.