Orlando Boat Show Sees Record Attendance, Strong Boat Sales

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In its 14th year, the 2018 Orlando Boat Show delivered another successful three-day event March 2-4 with more than 60 exhibitors and nearly 400 boats on display in Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. The show, hosted by the Marine Industry Association of Central Florida, saw a 28 percent increase in attendance and unprecedented sales.

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In its 14th year, the 2018 Orlando Boat Show delivered another successful three-day event March 2-4 with more than 60 exhibitors and nearly 400 boats on display in Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. The show, hosted by the Marine Industry Association of Central Florida, featured nearly every variety of watercraft from personal water crafts to pontoons and ski boats to mega-yachts. The showcase was perfect for Central Florida and its proximity to equally diverse waterways, from fresh water lakes and rivers to the Gulf and Atlantic.

“MIACF has just finished the most exceptional Orlando Boat Show we have ever had,” said MIACF Executive Director David Ray. “Not only were show space sales the best ever but our show attendance was up 28 percent over last year’s February show.

“The 2018 Orlando Boat show did not disappoint. It gave us the opportunity to introduce our dealership to many new faces as well as show how boating brings families together.” – Joe Lewis, Mt. Dora Boating Center

Beyond building awareness about Central Florida boating, MIACF reported encouraging sales numbers from the event. “Dealer sales were strong, especially in the larger boats and the next few weeks should bring many additional sales,” said Ray.

“Boat buyers were out in full force at the Orlando Boat Show as our sales staff was extremely busy talking with potential customers," said Jeff Husby, Regal & Nautique of Orlando.

MIACF returns to Orlando with a Fall Boat Show August 17-19.

About the Marine Industry Association of Central Florida

The Orlando Boat Show is produced by The Marine Industry Association of Central Florida. MIACF is a non-profit trade association dedicated to the promotion, protection and advancement of recreational boating and industry in Central Florida. In addition to the Orlando Boat Show series, the association also produces semi-annual shows in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information, visit http://www.miacf.org.

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