New dates and staging for Auckland show

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This year's event will see new dates and layouts around Viaduct Harbour.

This year's Auckland On Water Boat Show will see a slight change of staging with the show moving to new dates from 3-6 October, 2019, as well as moving around its Viaduct Harbour home to accommodate the America's Cup Emirates Team New Zealand, which has taken up residence in the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre.

With the show now in its 21st year, organisers say the 2019 event is promising to combine the elements which have made it a success over more than two decades with new features designed to see it grow into the future.

New this year will be the way the show is staged, expanding around the inner Viaduct Harbour to create new layouts for businesses to present their products and services to both commercial customers and consumers. Pavilion buildings will house on-land exhibitors giving equipment providers and B2B companies the opportunity to meet with their customers and suppliers and make the most of having the industry in one place.

As usual a large number of vessels will be available for viewing spread around the Viaduct, creating a buzzing marine hub in the heart of Auckland.

“It’s on the water that visitors can see and experience how a vessel moves and performs,” said organiser Stacey Cook. “It’s a crucial part of what we offer visitors and allows boat builders and brokers to show their boats in their element.”

This year’s event will also see greater access given to boats available for sea trial, meaning interested buyers will be able to get onboard and head out to the Hauraki Gulf to experience vessels underway.

With 2018 gate figures showing a 12% increase in visitor numbers, organisers are looking forward to seeing another strong show this year as an indicator of the health of the New Zealand market.

“Our remit is to showcase the marine industry and help businesses flourish, so hearing from exhibitors the market felt strong, and they received good quality enquiries at the 2018 show is exactly what we want,” said Cook.

“It’s the country’s biggest on-water boat show and showcases more than 200 domestic and international marine businesses, including dozens of vessel manufacturers and boat brokers.”

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