Miami boat show draws big crowds

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FEB. 24 — With slightly increased attendance at this year’s Miami International Boat Show , exhibitors are reporting record sales.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association , the show organizers, say 146,595 people from around the country, and the world, attended the show, held Feb. 16 to 20, the South Florida Business Journal reported. Up 1 percent from the previous year, the rise is a 4-percent increase from average attendance figures for the last three years, the report says.

Like attendance, sales numbers increased, too. “Sales at the 2006 Miami show exceeded our company’s all-time performance by 40 percent,” David Knight, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Fountain Powerboats, says in the report.

Cathy Johnston, NMMA’s vice president of southern shows, says in the report that the Miami show is the bellwether for industry sales in 2006. “Judging by the results of this year’s show, we expect strong sales to continue through 2006 in all categories of recreational marine products,” she says.

Jason Fell