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    Miami 2005 Feb 17 thru 21


    NMMA cuts back Miami show by one day

    The National Marine Manufacturers Association will scale back its annual Miami boat show by one day in 2005, bringing the total number of exhibit days to five, and compressing consumer traffic into the weekend and President’s Day holiday.

    The decision was “pretty straightforward” and had the support of almost 90 percent of Miami International Boat Show exhibitors, Ben Wold, NMMA executive vice president, said this morning in a telephone interview. The dates for the 2005 show will be Feb. 17 through 21.

    “There was a real consensus,” Wold said in reference to exhibitor feedback on shortening the event by one day. “We talked with exhibitors from the show, and 85 to 90 percent were in favor of eliminating Tuesday because it’s just not necessary.” He described the final day of the show this year as “anticlimactic.”

    Wold says the decision — which was reached by NMMA sometime in 2003 but delayed in implementing until 2005 — follows the industry trend toward shortening both boat show days and hours. Typically, shows “don’t run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. anymore,” he explains.

    This isn’t the first time NMMA has decided to cut back on the Miami event. Five or six years ago, when the event was a week long, Wold says the organization discussed chopping off the last day. The show had been opening on a Thursday and running through Wednesday of the following week, but the late 1990s decision scaled the total number of show days back to just six.

    “The show didn’t lose any attendance [by closing the day early],” explains Wold. “It simply compressed it.”

    Attendance on the final day of the show when it ended on Wednesday and Tuesday was typically “low,” he says, and closing up one day earlier on Monday is not likely to affect total attendance for the event.

    “We’ll be ending on a high note on President’s Day Monday,” says Wold.

    — Lindsey Savin

    I'm sure my fellow exhibitors will pay less for a booth fees. Ya right!!

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    Have you done the 10 day LA Show or 10 day Seattle Show??Both are excellent shows for us. Miami is so expensive per square foot. Hopefully some of the leads will pay off.
    Yep, after 5-10 days the feet are barkin'


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