Mrs Brown said the Gold Coast International Boat Show operates as a not-for-profit event, with no government funding, and helps raise funds for local, worthwhile charity organisations.
“There’s also the significant economic flow-on for the Gold Coast and for Queensland – in fact for Australia,” she said.
“Visitors have come here from interstate and internationally specifically for our boat show and while they are here they spend money on accommodation, dining and on having fun.”
The benefits also extend to marine industry jobs at Australia’s boating industry capital: the Gold Coast Marine Precinct at Coomera.
“The marine industry professionals who attended our show – this year supported by the Boating Industry Association – are the best in the boating business and it’s so rewarding to be able to play a role in their growth,” she said.
Howard Glenn, national CEO of the Boating Industry Association – this year a delivery partner of the Gold Coast boat show – said the “industry legends” that created and supported the show should be very proud of its success.
“It’s a fantastic story of co-operation,” he said.
“Many of these marine industry leaders are in competition with each other but they put that aside for the greater good of our industry and for the benefit of the 30,000 people who work in the Australian marine industry.
“That truly is an inspiration.”