According to Sail World, visitor numbers at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show were up by 15% compared to the previous year, and more than $30 million in sales were achieved over the four-day event. Among the sales included three motor yachts worth $2 million each and several Maserati cars.
Marine enthusiasts from all over the country flocked to the Gold Coast to see more than 300 exhibitors showcase their products from the Asia-Pacific region, injecting millions of dollars into the Gold Coast economy. The spectacular weather helped too, as did the overall organisation of the event.
Peter Collins of Collins Marine said the show was much better organised and laid out this year, making the event more successful for exhibitors and easier to get around for families. Graeme Hall agreed, citing the event was “without a doubt the best show for five years.”
It wasn’t just the boat sellers enjoying the show, however, with Gill Clothing also experiencing good sales throughout the four days. Telic Footwear’s Johnny Nunnerley was thrilled with the popularity of their brightly coloured and versatile shoes.
The happy exhibitors comes as welcome news for the organisers of the event, Mulpha Sanctuary Cove, who said it took twelve months to bring together. This was the 26th year the event took place and is a key event on the national and international marine industry calendar. The Gold Coast supports the event as one of its leading draw cards for tourists, with $148 million generated for the region.
Next year’s show will be held May 21-24, 2015.