2016 Melbourne Boat Show Another Success
After four massive days showcasing boating and the boating lifestyle, the 2016 Melbourne Boat Show, which was held from June 17 to 20, 2016 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, has concluded another successful year.
“We’re extremely pleased with how the show has turned out and have received positive feedback from both our exhibitors and show visitors,” said Boating Industry Association of Victoria, CEO, Steven Potts.
“Our goal was to deliver a show that showcased the boating lifestyle and provide a huge opportunity for our exhibitors to reach their markets and I believe we’ve achieved that,” said Potts.
Many of the Australia’s popular home grown brands were represented at the show including Caribbean, Whittley Marine, Streaker Marine, Bar Crusher, Haines Hunter, Evolution Boats and Spy Boats; as well as big name International brands such as Mastercraft, Beneteau, Jeanneau, Nautique, Hobie Cat, Yamaha, and Mercury just to name a few
“We had an excellent show and the stand was popular with all keen to see the two very different boats on display. The award winning Sealine has always been busy at every show since its debut last year, now with 14 sold in Australia,” said Nick Jones, Melbourne Branch Manager for the Windcraft Group.
“She again impressed with her Bill Dixon English design and German build. The Melbourne market also embraced the Axopar 37 and between the 24, 28 & 37 models we’re confident they will start popping up around the bay. The Axopar on display was sold during the show so we are really excited for the future with this brand.”
Over the four days of the show, visitors were able to see and purchase a wide variety of boats and watercraft, as well as accessories/technology, fishing gear/equipment, and services and advice on fishing and destinations to complement a newly purchased boat.
“This was my first visit to the Melbourne Boat Show and certainly not my last,” said Frank Ibrahim of Campbellfield. “I was quite impressed with the displays and the friendliness of all stall holders.
“I have been looking to buy a tinny and thanks to the show I found one that I had never heard of before, but when I laid my eyes on it I knew it was the one. I look forward to attending future shows.”
Along with the hundreds of boats on display, visitors were provided with stage shows from Australia’s leading fishing and boating personalities such as Paul Worsteling of Channel Ten’s iFish, Lee Rayner star of Fishing Edge, Darren Finklestein, the “Boat Guy”, Con & Charlie from The Australia Seafood show and special guest AFL star Ben Cunnington of North Melbourne Football Club, who is an avid fisherman and boater. In addition, there were family casting clinics, fishing along the Yarra and activities for the whole family.
Already the BIAV are in preparation for next year’s show which will be held from
June 16 – 19, 2017 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.