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Hot weather and boating market increase attendance and sales at Metro Boat Show

Tuesday, September 26, 2017   (0 Comments)

The Metro Boat Show, held September 14-17 at the Lake St. Clair Metropark was deemed a success by producer Michigan Boating Industries Association, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees. The show saw an increase of nearly 1,800 attendees compared to last year’s show for a total of 12,883, an increase of 16 percent.


“Exhibitors reported plenty of boats were sold, leads were generated and we can expect to see more boats in the water next year,” said Show Manager Nicki Polan.


About 400 boats were on display for those in attendance, filling 115 slips in the water and land space that covered 72,500 square feet, more than 30% larger than the 2016 show.


“Continued growth of the show, four perfect show-weather days, and a great boating community made the event a success, increasing attendance and boat sales,” said Tom Haag, vice president of Colony Marine in St. Clair Shores and MBIA’s Board Chairman.


The boating industry continues to ride the wave of success in Michigan. In 2016, new boat, motor, trailer and accessory purchases grew nearly 9 percent, totaling $8.7 million - the seventh year of consecutive growth in our state. The recreational boating industry has an impressive annual economic impact of $7.4 billion in our great state and employs nearly 40,000, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.


The Metro Boat Show is produced by the MBIA. Save the date for 2018 show, September 13-16.

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