Suncoast Boat Show Reports Double Digit Attendance Growth


Organizers coming out of the 33rd annual Suncoast Boat Show, held at Marina Jack's in Sarasota, Florida last week, say the show experienced gains in attendance as well as the number of boats on display.
 
Greeted by sunny weather and improving consumer confidence, event producers, Show Management, says attendance over the three days was up 12 percent compared to 2014. The group also says exhibitor participation increased seven percent, while the number of new and brokerage boats on display rose by 15 and 37 percent, respectively, with total boats in the water up by 20 percent.
 
"This year's show was the biggest and best it has ever been on many levels,' says Brett Keating, Vice President of marketing for Show Management. "All the feedback we've received tells us that the consumer is back. Also, the show's wow-factor got a big boost from the largest motoryacht we have ever had here, a 130-foot Westport. We couldn't have put on such a successful event without the essential assistance from the City of Sarasota and Marina Jack management.'
 
Organizers report that the in-water portion of the event expanded this year to the south end of Marina Jack and offered free off-site parking with shuttle service to and from the host marina.
 
"We noted an extremely positive vibe on the docks and are very pleased with the outcome of this year's show and its growth in terms of products offered and both dealer and consumer attendance,' says Darren Plymale, Vice President of Galati Yacht Sales, which brought the 130-foot Westport, Amarula Sun, to its display. "Expanding to a 22-boat display this year gave us an opportunity to show our breadth, combining our new and brokerage product offerings, and as a result we have many showings and sea trials scheduled, as well as a few contracts that were a direct result of the event.'
 
"The Suncoast show picked up where the Palm Beach boat show ended, proving that boat show buyers have returned,' claims Gary C. Smith, Senior Partner with Sarasota Yacht and Ship. "The market has been brisk for new and used yachts. We wrote several deals during each of these shows and expect to close additional sales during post-show follow-up. The Suncoast show has become an integral part of our boat show schedule and we are proud to have this show at our home marina.'
 
The Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota is owned and produced by Show Management.