Although the numbers through the gate were down for this year’s Grady White Tairua Boat Show, organiser Stuart Arnold says the exhibitors were pleased with sales.
“While the $10 cost of entry may have put a few people off, everyone I have spoken to was pleased with the event, many of the boat manufacturers in particular reporting solid enquiry and sales,” Stu says.
“One of our smaller exhibitors reported making a single $150,000 sale of product to an Australian visitor involved in the mining industry who was at the show just by chance and saw what he was looking for. As you can imagine, the exhibitor was over the moon!”
A number of boat manufacturers stayed on after the show to do on-water demos and Stu says the feedback has all been positive, with sales originating from the show being confirmed.
Many patrons enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere as well as being able to have time to talk to the exhibitors, rather than being shuffled along in a stream foot traffic.
The event will be run at the same time next year, with Stu still deciding whether it will be a three or two-day event.
Photo: Mat Cranswick – Extreme Boats