The spectacular success of the 2007 Docklands Boat Show proved its potential to become one of the greatest capital city boat shows in Australia.
BIA chief executive officer Lindsay Grenfell said the expansion of the Show to encompass both NewQuay Marina and Waterfront City was a major milestone in its development but by no means the end of it.
“Without doubt it was an outstanding show by every measure, and the best thing is that I see potential for it to be even bigger, perhaps as much as twice its present size,” he said.
“This year we had more than 100 boats on the water, an even greater number on the land, and more than 70,000 people visiting Docklands during the Show.
“What is truly significant about this is the growth trend that has brought us to this point: our on-water presence this year was twice the number of vessels we had two years ago, and three times what we had three years ago.
“In short, we have been growing at the better part of 50% per year for the last few shows, and I don’t believe the growth has finished yet.
“The big opportunity for growth now is in sail, which has always been less well represented than power at our Docklands show – and Docklands is such a natural sailing destination that it makes perfect sense for the sailing fraternity to come along in force.
“I would encourage the sailing industry and clubs to consider joining our show, consolidating both sail and power in the one magnificent event, filling both marinas and the entire Piazza and Promenade with every type and size of vessel.
“By joining forces, the sail and power boating industries could end up with one of the most spectacular on-water shows in Australia.”
For more information contact Lindsay Grenfell on 0425 770 099 or 8696 5600.
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