NEWS- Brisbane International Boat Show savings for exhibitors

NEWS- Brisbane International Boat Show savings for exhibitors

Marine Queensland expects to save thousands of dollars for many exhibitors with a reduction in space rates for this year’s Brisbane International Boat Show (BIBS), from August 28 to 31.

Following a significant consultation process with the Show venue and suppliers, Marine Queensland said it will reduce space rates by 15 per cent on last year’s Show.

In its 49th year, BIBS will again be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and is said to be the only event in Queensland which brings together every aspect of the marine industry under one roof.

Marine Queensland said the Show has time and again demonstrated that it is a proven location for the marine industry to showcase products, and for consumers from throughout SE Queensland and beyond to browse and make a purchase decision.

Also, for the first time in five years, Marine Queensland said BIBS will not be sharing the Southbank precinct with the popular Brisbane festival Riverfire.

This change has allowed event organisers to seriously consider the possibility of utilising the riverfront to conduct a range of on-water demonstrations, as well as easier access to the show venue and facilities such as public transport and car parking.

Marine Queensland said the success of the 2009 Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show, which it also owns and manages, proves that boat shows continue to play a significant role in the decision making process when it comes to buying a new boat.

Not only did the Tinnie and Tackle Show set a new crowd record in excess of 31,600 visitors, according to Marine Queensland, but the event’s exhibitors experienced increases of up to 200 per cent in sales compared to 2008.

Jason Plant, events manager, said: “For the majority of Queenslanders, owning a boat is still a very affordable activity.
People are moving away from overseas holidays and are instead choosing to holiday closer to home and this is why are seeing an increase in the number of people taking up marine based activities such as boating and fishing”.

For more information on exhibiting at the 2009 Brisbane Boat Show please contact Marine Queensland, phone
(07) 3390 4657 or email: