Boat Show attendance down on last year

Visitor numbers to the London International Boat Show at Excel London were down 12% on last year, with unaudited figures of 112,000 from 9-18 January.

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Organiser National Boat Shows (NBS) said the results were positive considering the current economic conditions.

"We are delighted by the success of the show," said NBS managing director Andrew Williams.

"Over the past ten days we have enjoyed plenty of media interest, positive feedback from visitors and exhibitors and a healthy flow of visitors, with an increase in the North Hall, which was our aim. The results show the benefits of showcasing products of all ranges to buyers in the market during difficult times."

Despite lower visitor numbers, exhibitors achieved good sales at the show. One exhibitor, Honnor Marine sales director Norma Brown, said: "It doesn't matter about a slightly decreased attendance figure – we have sold. We have particularly noticed interest from the foreign market this time around, and our order books are full until April 2010."

See the February issue of Event for a showcase feature on the London International Boat Show.

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