by Dom Wiseman

The curtains have closed on the 2018 Sydney International Boat Show to triumphant applause

The Sydney International Boat Show is a time for boating enthusiasts to celebrate the natural marine utopia that Australians call home. A place where boating veterans can discover the latest and greatest of recreational boating, and those thinking of starting out in their boating lifestyle can gain great insight from some of the industry’s most knowledgeable and skilled.

At this year’s show, show goers were overwhelmed with choice between the four main display areas, with everything from the information and boat stands, product demonstrations and dive expo, to the event deck with on-water demonstrations of kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. For those looking to make the most of the spectacular Sydney city views, the outdoor food and beverage bar was the place to be.

The Sydney International Boat Show for 2018 closed on 6 August at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, following a successful full 5 days and an overall air of optimism from industry participants. According to Domenic Genua, the Event Manager for the Boating Industry Association, who was responsible for the organisation of the event, there was some apprehension following the change of the show’s location in 2017. Domenic stated following the closing of this year’s show;

“This year’s show hosted 59,753 visitors over the 5 days. Whilst this is 5% (or 3,292) less visitors from the 63,045 last year, it is also above expectation. Both history and research showed that an element of last year’s visitors were those inquisitive about the new facility.  This bodes well for the show and is a testament to the importance of the event with the rebound from our days at Glebe Island continuing.”

In an effort to iron out the bumps from last year’s show, President of the BIA, Alan Blake said, “We made a few changes to the venue layout and signage this year to assist with visitor traffic flow and experience, and that appears to have had the positive impact we had hoped for. Along with the impressive industry response presenting A class exhibits, visitors to the show enjoyed an exceptional opportunity to satisfy their expectations and to help make their time on the water safer and more fun.”

The Sydney International Boat Show has been locked in for 2019 from 1 to 5 August.