Visitor numbers down but sales up at Southampton Boat Show
Pratical Boat Owner: More than 110,000 people flocked to the 2015 Southampton Boat Show, which drew to a close on Sunday, to experience Britain’s biggest boating festival.
The 2015 show saw 23 boats make their world debut and more than 330 sailboats and powerboats exhibited at the purpose-built marina.
Many companies reported an increase on last year’s figures including multi-million pound deals. Some serious marine business were conducted with contracts between the marine divisions of companies such as Rolls-Royce and Sunseeker International being signed.
The show kicked off in style with F1 presenter, Suzi Perry opening the Sunseeker stand with Britain’s Got Talent winners, Collabro.
The Red Arrows provided visitors with a show-stopping display over the purpose-built marina on the first weekend, with sailing legends Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Olympian Annie Lush both making appearances.
Murray Ellis, managing director of 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 Show’s very own Aquarium.
‘Sales have been excellent this year with visitors having the opportunity to purchase from an array of products from bags made of recycled sails to multi million pound yachts. There has been an exuberant atmosphere, once again confirming the Southampton Boat Show as one of the leading Boat Shows in the world.’