Success for London International Boat Show

Success for London International Boat Show

27th January, 2011

A range of Southerlys were exhibited on the new Southerly Stand, including the stunning Southerly 57RS, which dominated the show. Many customers also claimed the Southerly 42RST with its new saloon layout, to be the best boat of the show. The Southerly Owners Lounge proved once again to be a popular meeting place with complimentary refreshments served throughout the day.

Andrew Williams, Managing Director of NBS is delighted with the success of the Show: “We have worked extremely hard to create a 10 day event that our exhibitors would be proud of and the response we have had from exhibitors and visitors is that the ‘wow’ factor is certainly back. The stunning new east entrance giving a glimpse of the pool and some of the exciting action has given visitors a hint of what is to come before they have even walked through the ticket barriers.

“There has been a real buzz around the Show, the bleachers at the Watersports Action Pool have been packed throughout the week and it’s great to see the crowd getting involved with all the attractions. The new layout has, in the main, worked well and it has, without a doubt, helped visitors to navigate the Show more easily whilst giving it a fresh and modern new look.”

Paul Strzelecki, Chairman of National Boat Shows added: “We are thrilled with the re-energised Show. This has been a fabulous first year of a three year plan to develop the Show for the visitors and trade, and we look forward to building on the successful performance of this Show.

One of the stars of the Show has to, undoubtedly, be the Watersports Action Pool. Following the impressive Show opening by Jodie Kidd and the watersports experts, the pool has seen wall to wall action with champions of all disciplines showing off their skills. Importantly 1400 visitors have had the chance to get on the water and give it a try themselves, choosing from kayaking, wakeboarding, dinghy sailing, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding, and the miniport boats for the much younger visitors.

The Boardwalk has been a fabulous addition; enabling new exhibitors to take space, ensuring a great variety of boats are on offer for visitors to see. This, together with all of the boats across the Show has successfully showcased around 1,000 boats for visitors to climb on board, view and compare.

The interactive activity provided by exhibitors on various stands around the Show has really added to the overall visitor experience and has also been a success for those exhibitors involved.