Jan 25, 2016
VIBS

With an upswing in attendance and vendors generating onsite sales and leads, the 54th annual Vancouver International Boat Show came to a close on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Show officials reported positive feedback from exhibitors and vendors of all sizes, and BC’s boating industry is poised for a strong 2016 season.
 
Western Canada’s largest boat show recorded increased attendance numbers at both the indoor show at BC Place and the Floating Show at Granville Island. 30,340 people visited the two venues at the 2016 show, a 2% increase from the previous year.

 


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“The 2016 show produced some quality customers. Overall activity was very strong in heavy gauge aluminum and also had a great selection of 1st time boaters looking at entry level aluminum. Overall business was up from last year. If the boat show is any indication of the upcoming year, then let the season begin!!!” Brendan Keys, General Manager , GA Checkpoint Yamaha

“It was a great show. New and old boaters had a great time. Some rain early on but weather was good for the most part.  Serious buyers. Sales were good. Good crowds. Lots to see and do.”  Mark Collett, Canadian Yachting Magazine

The Show attracted a wider audience this year, partly as a result of new and exciting features, including actor Ted Lange (Issac Washington from The Love Boat), who spent the Show meeting with fans, posing for photos and speaking with a variety of members of the local Vancouver media. In addition, Prop Formula1 racer Mike McLellan brought his incredible powerboat for display, while rower Brenda Robbins broke a world record for continuously rowing for 26 straight hours. The Dockside Grill cooking stage shone the spotlight on cooking in small spaces, while The Lower Deck bar brought guests together in the show’s central socializing hub.
 
Dates for the 55th Vancouver International Boat Show are scheduled for January 18 – 22, 2017 at BC Place and Granville Island.coming

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