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|London Boat Show changes for the better|
A total of 93,327 visited the 2013 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show at the ExCeL centre, which ran for the first time in a shortened format across nine days, from 12-20 January.
Organisers brought many changes to the event that is in its 59th year in London and which brought visitors to the stands of up to 500 exhibitors. The new layout spanning just one hall increased visitor activity, as over 10 world debuts and 33 European and UK launches took place throughout the Show.
The Show also boasted several new attractions, such as World Cruising and the CNM Estates UK Star Championships which saw sailing and fine art come together for the first time ever live at the Show. A firm Show favourite was 18-year old, four times British Freestyle Jet Ski Champion Jack Moule who wowed the crowds with his spectacular on-the-water stunts. The interactive approach guaranteed fun for everyone getting afloat on the On The Water Multi-Activity Pools and thousands of visitors heading out to the Used Boat Marina.
A boost to the marine industry was given from VIP visitor, Michael Fallon MP, Minister for Business & Enterprise, who launched a new collaboration between Parliament and the marine industry to widen export opportunities.
Following the success of 2013, next year the show will be held on the same Show layout in the world-class ExCeL London, bringing all the exhibitors together in the South Hall.
In a statement, the BMF and NBS said that feedback from this year’s show indicated that exhibitors and visitors alike appreciated the extra buzz and atmosphere that was created by being in one hall and there was a strong desire to continue with this format. In order to guarantee that same layout, and to avoid any clashes with the Dusseldorf Boat Show, the show will run from 4 to 12 January in 2014.