In a major boon for the boat-loving public, new March dates have spurred unprecedented demand for exhibitor space at the 2017 Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo in Queensland.
Organisers say the office has been overwhelmed with enquiries and bookings for display space and marina berths since applications opened just three weeks ago. World-leading boating businesses and brands are all rushing to show their new-year releases to Australian boating enthusiasts at the marine industry-led show.
“We are the busiest we have been in seven years,” said Event & Marketing Manager Emma Brown.
“Bookings and enquiries – across both the marina and our hardstand space from a very wide variety of exhibitor categories – point to an even bigger showcase next year than our largest-ever Expo in 2016.
“In the three weeks since we opened to exhibitors, we have fielded over 120 enquiries from exhibitors who have never before exhibited at our boat show. That’s in addition to more than 100 exhibitors returning to our boat show in 2017. A great many existing exhibitors are now securing additional display space or berths for 2017.”
Mrs Brown said confirmed and reserved exhibitor space was already over 70 per cent of the entire 2016 boat show.
“The key driver for the change of dates to March is to stage the Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo right in the heart of Australia’s boating industry capital at Coomera at a time when enthusiasts have boating top of mind,” she said.
“Everything tells us that the new March timing – from 17-19 March 2017 – is just right for boating enthusiasts and our industry.”
Mrs Brown said that March was an opportune time for manufacturers and importers to release their latest models for the first time to the Australian market.
“The new March dates also create an ideal delivery lead time for our exhibitors as existing boat owners prepare for the following summer,” she said.
“Fresh in their minds in March are their considerations for repowering, replacing or upgrading their boat’s systems and accessories, or buying a new boat or yacht to further enhance their leisure time with family and friends.”
Stefan Ackerie from Stefan Boating World said moving the boat show date to March was ‘genius’.
“There will be more exhibitors, more people and more choices than ever before,” he said. “Stefan Boating World will have an enormous range of brand-new boats here at that time – in fact the largest range of boats under one roof in Australia.
“Among our many Premiere models will be the new Karnic SL and Morningstar ranges. The Morningstar – on display for the first time in the world – will come with a 100 per cent money-back guarantee if you don’t like the boat for any reason within 30 days – and that’s an Australian-first too.”
Shaun Hale from Gold Coast WaveRunners will be showcasing two new personal watercraft models for the first time in Australia – the Yamaha EX and GP1800 models.
“Staging the boat show in March will be a welcome boost leading into a traditionally quieter time of year,” he said. “It’s good timing.”
Clinton White from Whitewater Marine was among the first exhibitors aboard and endorses the boat show’s move to March.
“I think it’s a great,” he said. “It enables us to Premiere two new Tige watersports boats right here on the Gold Coast.”
The Multihull Group will unveil a brand-new Lagoon cruising catamaran for the first time on the water, with Managing Director John Cowpe promising a model that ‘really hits the mark’ with sailors.
“This new model from the French-based VPLP design team combines extraordinary spaciousness with remarkable offshore capabilities, even when fully laden for extended cruising,” he said. “With the trend towards cruising catamarans continuing to gain momentum, this model will only increase that popularity.”
The 2017 Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo – now operated and managed with the support of Australia’s peak industry representative body, the Boating Industry Association – will reveal many more World, Australian and Queensland Premieres early next year.
Mrs Brown said it is very encouraging to have such strong and immediate support from the marine industry for March 2017.
“It’s fantastic that our industry endorses our continuing efforts to innovate the boat show experience for both existing boat owners, and those new to boating who aspire to experience and enjoy all he rewards of life on the water,” she said.
Exhibitors wishing to book their space at the 2017 Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo are urged to contact Andrew Mills on 0415 758 888 or email@example.com.
If you love boating, the Gold Coast is THE place to be from 17-19 March 2017.