Charleston and Savannah Shows boast increased attendance and boat sales
GREENVILLE, SC – JBM & Associates, producers of The Charleston Boat Show, Savannah Boat Show and Charleston In-Water Boat Show are excited to report an increase in attendance for their first two shows of the year.
"We are happy to report an increase in show attendance and reported boat sales increases from our first two shows. The boat industry continues to be on an upswing," said Jacqui Bomar, President of JBM & Associates.
The 35th Annual Charleston Boat Show was held January 23-25, at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Although attendance was only slightly up from 2014, the boat dealers reported a higher increase in actual sales at the show, as well as post show.
The 13th Annual Savannah Boat Show held February 27-March 1, at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, was up 24% in attendance from 2014 and boat dealers reported strong sales.
"This is by far the BEST boat show we have ever had," reported Barrier Island Marine General Sales Manager, Craig Freeman. "We reached double digits and exceeded our sales goals by selling everything from 17 ft. Pioneers to a 30 ft. Chris Craft," he continued.
According to Hall Marine Savannah’s General Manager, Paul Williams, the Savannah Boat Show had strong traffic each day and sales quality and quantity were up significantly up. "It was a record weekend for us," he stated.
The Charleston In-Water Boat Show, April 17-19, should wrap up an outstanding season for our regional dealers and for my boat show management company, reported Bomar. Last year was the first year we produced this event and based on that experience and the continuing positive trend in the boating industry, we expect a highly successful show both in boat sales, as well as in an increase in attendance. The show is being sponsored by Allstate Boat Insurance and Maritime Insurance.
The Bristol Marina, located in downtown Charleston, SC will host boats in the water from 17-55 feet, while Brittlebank Park will feature additional boat displays as well as vendors selling marine related accessories and services. With gorgeous harbor views and slips for every size boat, the Charleston In-Water Boat Show promises to deliver the ultimate boating experience. For more show and exhibitor information, visit CharlestonInWaterBoatShow.com.