• All set to go.
    All set to go.
  • At the BIA opening breakfast (l-r): Alan Blake, BIA president, Andrew Fielding, chairman BIA Queensland council, Patrick Quirk, Maritime Safety Queensland, and Howard Glenn, BIA national CEO.
    At the BIA opening breakfast (l-r): Alan Blake, BIA president, Andrew Fielding, chairman BIA Queensland council, Patrick Quirk, Maritime Safety Queensland, and Howard Glenn, BIA national CEO.
  • A good crowd for the first morning of the show.
    A good crowd for the first morning of the show.
  • The new propane-powered outboard from Tohatsu, suitable for use with typical LPG canisters.
    The new propane-powered outboard from Tohatsu, suitable for use with typical LPG canisters.
  • The new Haines Hunter 700 Enclosed.
    The new Haines Hunter 700 Enclosed.
  • Formosa Sea-Rod Classic Centre Cabin 580 with water ballast hull  and Active Transom.
    Formosa Sea-Rod Classic Centre Cabin 580 with water ballast hull and Active Transom.
  • Clark Aluminium 425 Navigator.
    Clark Aluminium 425 Navigator.
  • McLay 611 CrossXover with hard top from New Zealand.
    McLay 611 CrossXover with hard top from New Zealand.
  • Quintrex 630 Freestyler with black top.
    Quintrex 630 Freestyler with black top.
  • The Smartwave SW4200 polyethylene boat from the NZ-based manufacturers.
    The Smartwave SW4200 polyethylene boat from the NZ-based manufacturers.
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Brisbane beats the second year blues

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Brisbane Boat Show buoyed by positive returns for a second year.

Last week's Brisbane Boat Show continued the run of positive boat show returns in 2017 with a solid increase in visitor numbers and good feedback from exhibitors.

This was the second year since the show's 'rebirth' at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre with early results confirming a continuing growth in both exhibitor and visitor numbers.

The show was expanded this year to encompass 20,000m2 across four halls accommodating more than 70 exhibitors. The show focused heavily on the trailer boat market with a wide range of brands on display including several not exhibited at the Sydney show.

Visitors numbers were up on last year with a total of 15,727 visitors over the three days, up by more than 20% on the 2016 show. The biggest crowd of over 7,000 visitors attended on the Saturday but all three days saw an increase in numbers, including on Sunday when there were competing events on in Brisbane.

“Both consumer and exhibitor research will now commence to help us understand the real show result beyond the visitor numbers,” said Howard Glenn, BIA national CEO.

“This will help us to better understand the results and prepare for next year’s event. The event’s success can only continue if we build a bigger and better program for next year.”

The show will return in 2018 at the same venue, scheduled for 24-26 August, 2018.

Check out this short video of the show put together by BIA.

 

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