The Gold Coast International Marine Expo has today confirmed that its colossal-sized showcase of all things aquatic at Coomera is the biggest Expo ever, with a record number of over 230 exhibitors across the massive event’s 3km display circuit.
“The proof is in the pudding,” said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate in officially opening ‘the boat show with so much more’.
“Just looking around and seeing how much is going on here across 5 event sites and over 50 hectares of the Gold Coast Marine Precinct – it shows that the Gold Coast really is top of the chain in the marine industry.”
Cr Tate – a vocal advocate for jobs and growth – said the Expo’s growing popularity with marine exhibitors and visitors reflects the enterprising spirit upon which the city has been built.
“Great things happen when people are prepared to carry the torch and adopt that ‘have-a-go’ attitude and the Expo is evidence that we’ve got the best of the best here on the Gold Coast,” he said.
“It really is no wonder that so many overseas and interstate people are coming to the Gold Coast – it’s a happening place with a full calendar of events.”
Expo chairman Patrick Gay AM thanked the vast array of Expo exhibitors for supporting the new paradigm of boat show, one designed to foster jobs and growth, and to provide everyone who loves the boating life with a compelling reason to visit the Gold Coast in May.
“The Expo’s position from the very outset was to create a truly international boating destination and the success of this year’s event is proof that we can do that,” he said.
Expo committee member Stephen Milne said the Expo’s unique location right in the heart of the biggest recreational shipyards and boat-builders in the country confirmed that, geographically, the Expo was the already biggest boat show in Australia – a boat show for REAL boaties.
“Continuing this positive direction of working together, there’s absolutely no doubt that we can create the biggest boating event in the southern hemisphere, and comparable with anywhere in the world,” he said.
Mr Milne said not-for-profit Expo was created in tough times by very passionate people, some of them competitors, who were determined to work together for the common good.
“And just look at what that foresight and cooperation has created – the Expo vision has inspired new boaties as much as it has experienced boaties, and we are very thankful that we have the support of hundreds of international and Australian exhibitors representing the world’s leading marine brands.
“Expo is now an unstoppable force – it really is amazing what can be achieved when everyone works together.”