Exhibitors not shy of signing up for important September event

The organisers of the Southampton Boat Show say there are positive signs that the important event will be as strong as ever, despite the economic downturn.

National Boat Shows (NBS) have already received over 380 applications with deposits from marine companies.
 
Interest has been boosted by the introduction of Economic Conditions Discounts (ECDs) by the British Marine Federation (BMF) earlier this month, with applications for space at the 2010 London International Boat Show also ‘flooding in’, say NBS. 

By taking 90% of their 2009 space and making payments on time, companies who exhibited at the 2009 London International Boat Show and apply with deposit by 17 April will receive a 20% space discount, in addition to any membership discount enjoyed.  This ECD is also applicable to new companies who apply and make payments on time.
 
Andrew Williams, Managing Director of NBS, comments: “Companies are looking to reduce costs in this difficult climate and are therefore taking advantage of the ECDs by booking space with us at Southampton and London by the application dates. 

“We’re strongly encouraging exhibitors who have not yet confirmed their attendance at London to do so by 17 April to enjoy the 20% discount on space, as well as the extra cost saving initiatives we have put in place.”
 
Among those who have signed up are Oyster Marine, Broom Boats, Sunseeker International, Northshore Yachts, Fairline Boats, Princess Yachts International, Avon Inflatables, Suzuki Marine, Furuno, Halyard M&I, Garmin, Rockley Watersports and others.

Will Green of Princess Yachts International said on the incentives: “NBS and BMF have come up with a great package of savings to help the industry during difficult times. We fully support these initiatives and are committed to supporting another successful London International Boat Show.”

The PSP Southampton Boat Show will take place between 11-20 September 2009.
 
The 2010 London International Boat Show will take place between 8-17 January 2010.