Early reaction from organisers
The 54th Collins Stewart London Boat Show, in association with the Daily Mail, finished yesterday (Sunday) and the organisers are already calling it a huge success.
Andrew Williams, Managing Director of event organisers National Boat Shows (NBS), said: “This year’s show has been a huge success and we’re delighted at the positive feedback we have received.
“Since our London event ended in 2007, we have worked extremely hard to deliver this show.
“We listened to feedback and comments from exhibitors and visitors to ensure we were able to create a bustling, exciting atmosphere, with a show which successfully delivered not only what people wanted but also against our four key success criteria of attendance, sales, ambience and industry showcase.”
More than 127,000 people visited the show, which NBS say is within 2% of last year’s attendance.
Alan Morgan, Chairman of National Boat Shows, said: “We are delighted with this figure, as are our exhibitors, many of whom have reported strong sales.
“The success of this year’s show must also take into consideration the exhibits which are undoubtedly one of the key draws for many visitors.
“We’ve hosted some fantastic new product launches and had some truly amazing products on display here this year; from Reid Marine’s dinghy at £545 right up to the £11.5 million tri-deck Sunseeker.”
NBS point to the new Main Stage powered by Fairline as one of the highlights of the event.
The Kite Surfing simulator in the watersports zone attracted around 700 visitors testing their skills.
HMS Exeter welcomed aboard up to 20,000 visitors, while 3,800 people experienced the Volvo Ocean Race simulator.
More than 35,500 pints of Guinness were consumed, which is at least 20% up on 2007.
NBS’s parent body the British Marine Federation (BMF) met with Stephen Timms, Minister for Competitiveness, and Gerry Sutcliffe, Sports Minister, during the show to discuss key industry issues.
There were also lunches attended by 20 MPs, and seven Lords and Government ministers.