Sales boomed at Southampton Boat Show with Sunseeker International banking over £45million in confirmed orders and another £10million expected to be agreed over the next few days.
Sales boomed at Southampton Boat Show with Sunseeker International banking over £45million in confirmed orders and another £10million to be agreed over the next few days.
Other companies also give upbeat feedback on numbers, sales and the general bouyancy in the marine industry.
“This year’s Southampton Boat Show has been truly excellent,” said Sean Robertson, Sales Director at Sunseeker International.
“We’ve enjoyed a really positive event with over £45m of confirmed retail orders and an expected £10m of additional orders to be agreed in the next few days,” he said.
“We were particularly proud to host the UK debut of three new models; the Manhattan 52, the Predator 68 MKII and the 95 Yacht, all of which have been eagerly awaited by existing customers and those new to our brand.
“It’s also been a real pleasure to welcome so many visitors and special guests to the stand, including our graduate apprentices and the Minister of Transport, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP.
“Overall, the show has been very encouraging and it’s great to see so much confidence in the UK boating industry. We’re excited about the future opportunities that lie ahead for Sunseeker, including next year’s London Boat Show and even more new model launches,” he said.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing at MDL Marinas also reported many new customers.
“We have had really positive feedback on our re-designed stand and hospitality suite, welcoming over 4,000 berth holders and their guests, and we have seen a record high number of enquiries – an increase on last year!” said Adrien.
“This year was important for us to bring our ‘marina customer experience’ to the stand through touch screens, guest speakers and events with Ocean Youth Trust South and The Sail Training awards.
“Most of all the show has been fun, with our cleat challenge receiving lots of interest as well as our ‘Win a berth’ competition,” he said.
Williams Jet Tenders Sales Director, Mathew Hornsby, said the company always enjoyed exhibiting at Southampton.
“We are really pleased with the strength of interest that we have seen at this year’s show across all our model ranges,” he said.
“The Minijet 280, which made its UK premiere, was very well-received by visitors and was demonstrated more than 50 time. Sales of this model in particular were brisk and this added to the overall feeling that people are out buying boats.
“Our beautiful new waterfront location with increased marina space and demonstration area reflects our exciting plans for continued growth in the year ahead,” he added.
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