Earls Court plans rival to London Boat Show

Earls Court is planning to host a rival London Boat Show this year, just one month away from the 2008 Excel London event.

As Event went to press, the new show's co-founder James Brooke was gearing up to unveil his plans for the independent marine consumer fair, scheduled to run at the west London venue from 1-9 December.

"We have an incredible team with enormous combined experience and expertise to make the Earls Court Boat Show a success," he said. "It will showcase our industry and support exhib-itors while focusing on creating sales for exhibitors. It will provide spectacular family entertainment and allow exhibitors to celebrate our industry."

The Collins Stewart London Boat Show, organised by National Boat Shows (NBS) and owned by the British Marine Federation, took place at Excel London from 5-14 January.

NBS marketing director James Gower responded to the news of a rival west London event by saying: "The proposed December date clashes with the Paris boat show so the international contingent will be lost. The industry has failed to show support for privately owned shows in the past and although we are not complacent, I suspect the same will happen again.

"If last month's show at Excel had continued to show decline then maybe there would be reason for concern but our success proves that London doesn't actually need another boat show."

An Earls Court insider told Event that the venue is excited about the revival of a west London boat show and it is likely to appeal to the sailing fraternity that is predominantly located in the west and south of the capital. An Excel London source confirmed that exhibitors at last month's show had been approached with a view to signing up to the Earls Court event but many had declined.

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