Canadian Boat Shows, organizers of the 58th Toronto International Boat Show, have provided initial attendance numbers for Canada's largest recreational boating event. Attendance reports from the event producer are as recent as of this past Tuesday, January 12.
The event kicked off on Friday January 8 for Preview Day, which experienced a 33 percent attendance increase compared to 2015 according to event organizers, Canadian Boat Shows.
Organizers say there were 1,973 consumer attendees with either Platinum ($100) or Gold ($35) tickets (1,484 in 2015, versus 1,340 in 2014).
Saturday morning opened with huge lines at all three entrances as well as a steady arrival of attendees throughout the day. Saturday's total attendance was reported at 12,678, a 2 percent increase from the 2015 opening Saturday of 12,541. There were 11,863 attendees on the Saturday in 2014.
Sunday's total attendance was reported at 9,613, almost the identical attendance to the 2015 Sunday of 9,607. There were 9,504 on the first Sunday in 2013.
On Tuesday, following a significant snowfall in the GTA, attendance was reported at 2,683, down 1,111 people from the 2015 Tuesday of 3,794.
Canadian Boat Shows utilizes a system of counting each attendee once, to help ensure that each person/ticket is counted one time only (unlike a turnstile system that may count consumers and exhibitors multiple times).
Final attendance is determined by counting each paid admission ticket at the box office, e-ticket, exhibitor guest ticket, complimentary ticket, exhibitor badge, marine trades badge and child.