Cove boat show still makes a splash
ALTHOUGH the crowds were not as large as in previous years, there was promising quality among the quantity at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
Official figures have not yet been confirmed, but exhibitors agreed the interest was ‘‘encouraging’’.
The show at the Gold Coast resort attracted thousands of people, with some travelling from around Australia to see the latest in all matters marine. Everything from surf skis to super yachts to general boating advice was on offer at the four-day event in late May.
Maritimo’s Bill BarryCotter said while numbers were down — more than 140,000 attended last year — quality was still present.
‘‘It was a very good show considering numbers were down fairly radically for all boat owners,’’ he said.
Luke Durman, the marketing director at Maritimo, said it was the best show in four years.
‘‘We have found exhibitors have been encouraged by what they are seeing,’’ he said. ‘‘We are confident we will walk away with a handful of sales.’’
Stephen Milne, the director of brand and sales at Riviera, agreed the quality of interest was very high.
‘‘We are very happy at this point,’’ he said. ‘‘It has been very encouraging. Our best day was on the Friday when the serious people braved the wet weather.’’
Robert and Janice Buttner, of nearby Hope Island, said they had attended the Sanctuary Cove show for 20 years. This year they went twice.
Mr Buttner said it was a good show — although it was smaller in size with fewer new boats.
‘‘Considering the econ- omy, it was a nice turnout,’’ he said. ‘‘The industry is representing itself better.
‘‘It’s a great place to be and we will definitely be back next year.’’
Bill Shaw, the show’s events and operations manager, said this year’s event had been fantastic.
‘‘The best in five years,’’ he said. ‘‘The quality of people was definitely there.
‘‘Next year will be the 25th anniversary — there are big plans.’’
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