by Dom Wiseman

The Gold Coast International Boat Show and Marine Expo have announced the show will no longer be staged after seven years being run out of the Coomera facility. The last event was held in March 2017 and attracted many local companies as well as those from farther afield. The show organisers managed to combine excellent entertainment with retail, factory  and product access for boaties with organisers quoting attendance figures of 23,000 people this year alone.

When the event began in 2011, it primarily showcased Riviera and Telwater product but quickly grew due to the location and access it provided to local manufacturers and retailers. At the time it was established the event was run later in the year but in more recent years was timed to coincide with the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show always held in May.

Organisers quoted demand and limitations of the site as reasons for its cancellation.

“After lengthy consideration, the committee has reluctantly reached this decision, especially following the success of our 2017 show for both our valued boating enthusiast visitors and exhibitors,” said Emma Brown, event and marketing manager.

“The boat building factories at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct in Coomera are now bustling as a result of new boat sales and the hardstands and re-fit sheds are a hive of activity. Available space within the current site, together with the impact of the show on businesses in the precinct has become a significant consideration.”

“We would like to take this opportunity to publicly and sincerely thank all of our great supporters over the past seven years – our enthusiastic visitors, loyal exhibitors, steadfast event partners, stable suppliers and the generous land holders who have all given and contributed so much to the success of our show.”