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2015 Montreal Boat Show: still impressive despite a lower ridership

2015 Montreal Boat Show: still impressive despite a lower ridership

 

The 2015 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show, which ended on Sunday, February 8th, had an impressive success. Presented by the Quebec Marine Association (QMA), the Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show is the largest event of its kind in Quebec. Once again, it has maintained its reputation as one of the finest metropolitan Show. 

During the first three days and despite the intense cold, the level of attendance remained constant. However, the organizers had to deal with a significant decrease in traffic when snowfall and harsh road conditions showed up on the final day, accentuating the decline in ridership. In the end, the event was a decrease of 13.5% compared to the previous year, reaching the final count of 22,336 visitors.

 "Despite this drop, the commercial results were certainly interesting in the context of the boating industry fragile economic conditions" says M. Yves Paquette, head of the QMA. "At the end of the Show, the sales revenue of many exhibitors was equal to or higher than the previous year. A good sign for the incoming boating season, as the actual impact of the Show will be known at the end of spring" concluded M. Paquette.

Some highlights of the 2015 Montreal Boat Show

As usual, the Montreal boat show kept its promises and delivered a great event for all the Quebec boaters. The 2015 edition was even bigger than the previous years with more than 275 exhibitors and 450 different boats including cruisers yachts, fishing boats, pontoons boats, wakeboard boats, inflatable boats and so many more.

Asked by the QMA about their experience of the Show, the exhibitors showed a real satisfaction and praised the quality of the organisation. This year was also a record breaking in terms of sales. For instance, the dealer Boisvert Marine sold to a Quebec citizen a cruiser yacht for a total value of 1.4 million dollars.

From the perspective of the audience, visitors were pleased by the many activities offered during the Show. Among the many highlights was the Boating skills virtual trainer of the Canadian Power Squadron which met a huge success during the 4 days. A record crowd also attented each presentation given by famous speakers of the boating world: Patrick Campeau, alumni of the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame gave advices on angling, the skipper and racer George Leblanc shared his experience on sailing and Damian Foxall, world renowned sailor, delivered a live report of the 2015 Volvo Ocean race, a race he won in 2012.

About the Quebec Marine Association (QMA)

Founded in 1996, the QMA represents both the pleasure boating industry and individual boaters. It offers services to meet the specific needs of each of these segments. The QMA focuses on the advancement of pleasure boating and water sports, the development of a marina network infrastructure, boating, tourism, environmental protection and boating safety programs. The revenues generated by the Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show are used to fund projects such as marina classification programs and eco-marinas, the Quebec Nautical Stations program, and the national and regional Discover Boating program.

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Contact and information:

Xavier Colas

Communications coordinator and public relations

Association Maritime du Québec

514 895-2211

xcolas@nautismequebec.com

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