Houston Boat Show reports increased attenance, sales

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 10:29 am

Houston Boat Show reports increased attenance, sales

The 57th Annual Houston International Boat, Sport Travel Show – one of the longest running boat shows and the largest indoor boat show in the U.S. – wrapped up last Sunday with a 13% increase in overall attendance and a notable boost in sales.

The show, which fills 16 acres of Reliant Center with boats, travel trailers and a wide range of merchandise for the outdoors, took place from Friday, January 4th to Sunday, January 13th.

“During our first two days of operation, we saw a significant increase in attendance,” says Houston Boat Show President Ken Lovell, “And when you factor in that we had to close on our first Saturday due to the Texans playoff game, and Tuesday and Wednesday saw heavy rains with flash floods in the forecast, the attendance was substantial. We had a steady flow of attendees for the remainder of the show. We were impressed with the turnout.”

Lovell says boat and travel trailer dealers as well as many of the smaller booth exhibitors experienced a notable growth in sales.

“This year we had a 10% increase in the number of exhibitors who came in to this show from out of town,” says Lovell, “They know our economy is doing well and say that Texans spend big, and that’s why this show is such a draw.”

Since it takes place just days after the start of the new year, local boat dealers typically use the Houston Boat Show as a gauge for what type of year it will be for sales revenue. “They are pleased,” says Lovell. “It was a very positive start to the new year for the boating industry.”


Thursday, January 17, 2013 10:29 am.

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