Southampton Boat Show attendance drops 2%
Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of this year’s Southampton Boat Show hails it as “incredibly successful” despite a small drop in visitor numbers.
Midweek wet weather dragged down attendance numbers but failed to dampen the mood at this year’s Southampton Boat Show.
Britain’s biggest boating festival attracted roughly 110,000 visitors this year, which made for a decrease of around 2% compared to last year.
Despite a very good opening weekendwhich saw a 3% year-on-year attendance boost, poor weather from Monday to Wednesday had an impact on footfall, with the total by Thursday 7% lower than in 2014.
However, fine weather over the final weekend boosted attendance and made for a fairly healthy overall total.
Murray Ellis, managing director at British Marine Boat Shows said: “We have had yet another incredibly successful Southampton Boat Show with more than 10,000 visitors getting out on the water for free.
“Our attractions have been very popular this year with over 18,000 visits to our tall ship, the Earl of Pembroke, 5,300 rides on the Honda Boat Show Eye and over 27,000 visitors to the Aquarium.”
Regardless of visitors figures, the industry remained upbeat with organisers British Marine Boat Shows reporting than millions of pounds worth of business was done during the ten-day event.
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