Exhibitors speak of show's success

More than 84,000 visitors enjoyed the National Boat Caravan & Outdoor Show at the NEC this month.

Gary Barbe, events director of the show, says: “The industry has been regarding this unique show as a sales barometer for the year ahead.

“Although there is no denying there are tough times ahead, one can look forward to a year of renewed business industry optimism.”

Comments from marine exhibitors underline the show’s importance.

Richard Bates, Bates Wharf, comments: “We had been thinking about coming to the show for more than three years now and are very pleased that we finally have decided to exhibit.

“The feedback we have received from visitors gives a very positive projection on the year to come, which makes us confident that the show was very much a major step for us in order to beat the current economic downturn.”

Chris Clarke from Kris Cruisers says: “This exceptional show has given us the perfect platform to exhibit to a wide variety of audiences, therefore the number of people that showed interest in out boats was substantial and we are more than content with the number of bookings we have received – definitely more than at the Excel Show in London.”

Jim Boulton, of SeaRanger Yachts Ltd, says: “This show delivered high quality interest, leads and enquiries. We were also delighted to have a sold a £400,000 SeaRanger 43AD.”

The National Boat Caravan & Outdoor Show 2010 will take place from 23-28 February at the NEC, Birmingham.