95 per cent of exhibitor space at the 2016 Gold Coast International Marine Expo is booked, according


According to the organisers, exhibitors have been so quick to secure places at the Coomera event (May 19-22, 2016) that existing space is 95 per cent booked, with 15 per cent of bookings from first-time exhibitors.

“It’s an exciting challenge for us to increase the footprint and maximise the opportunity to stage the largest Expo ever,” event and marketing manager Emma Brown said. “We’ll be increasing Expo’s free on-site car parking as well as the number of sea-trial berths for people to try before they buy. We’ll have more hard-stand space and more covered display space.”

Brown said Expo visitors should look forward to a hands-on marine display with fun family attractions and practical interactive and educational demonstrations.

“Hundreds of exhibitors will display everything from luxury motor and sailing yachts to trailer boats and jet skis, kayaks to fishing equipment, engines to boating accessories. Expo will have everything you and your family need to get out and have fun on the water,” she said.

Expo committee chairman Brett Thurley said: “Nowhere else in the world is there a boat show held right in the heart of the biggest boat-building facilities and recreational shipyards in the country with free parking right outside the gates.”

Brown added: “In 2016 we will continue our leadership and innovation and there are many more new features and attractions to be announced over the coming months.”