MarineBusiness covered last week that the show organisers are claiming positive show results despite a 5% fall in visitor numbers this year.
The 2018 Sydney International Boat Show closed last week after five days of great weather and plenty of activity on the marina and in the exhibition halls.
For its second appearance at the ICC Sydney venue at Darling Harbour, the show drew a total crowd of 59,753 visitors, 3,292 fewer than the 63,045 visitors last year, a 5% fall.
Show organisers, the Boating Industry Association (BIA), said the lower number this year was still “above expectation”.
“Both history and research showed that an element of last year’s visitors were those inquisitive about the new facility,” said Domenic Genua, BIA event manager. “This bodes well for the show and is a testament to the importance of the event with the rebound from our days at Glebe Island continuing.”
During the three years the show was held using dual venues at Glebe Island and Darling Harbour, it drew around 50,000 visitors per year.
President of the BIA, Alan Blake said that changes to the venue layout and signage to assist with visitor traffic flow at the show had had a “positive impact”.
“Along with the impressive industry response presenting A class exhibits, visitors to the show enjoyed an exceptional opportunity to satisfy their expectations and to help make their time on the water safer and more fun.”
“Overall, a positive result for everyone,” added Genua. Read more here >>>
The Sydney International Boat Show is the largest recreational marine event in the southern hemisphere. It first ran in 1968 and since then has played host to over three million visitors who arrive to be entertained, educated, speak to the experts, and to be inspired by this wonderful pastime enjoyed by millions each year.
Both on the marina and in the halls, SIBS 2018 featured a variety of new boat launches from both established and new boat builders.
As befits the world’s largest production boat builder, Beneteau and its local dealer, Flagstaff Marine, had one of the most impressive displays on the marina encompassing both sail and power.
In sail, the main focus was on the new Oceanis 46.1 model which had its world premier at the show, and its larger cousin, the Oceanis 51.1, which was making its local debut. In the power market, there were local debuts for the Gran Turismo 50 and Swift Trawler 35.
Sunsail and The Moorings featured one of the largest new yachts on the marina with the launch of the Leopard 50 catamaran which is available with an optional flybridge and outdoor lounge area accessed via a floating staircase from the aft cockpit. This creates a huge living space with Leopard’s trademark saloon door access to the forward cockpit and the option for four or five cabins below deck.