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Boat sales up in October, but growth slows


Boat sales have increased over the last 12 months, but the rate of growth slowed for the fourth month in a row in October, according to the latest Info-Link Bellwether report. According to Info-Link, the Bellwether report tracks sales of powerboats across the country based on new U.S. boat registrations on a rolling 12-month basis. Bellwether states are geographically dispersed ...

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METS 2016 wraps up with new attendance record


The 2016 edition of METS has seen record after record smashed, and that explosive pace continued through the final day as the show wrapped up Thursday afternoon in Amsterdam, Netherlands with a final attendance of 23,702 visits – an 8 percent increase over the previous record of 21,953 set last year. Wednesday’s attendance was announced at 9,844 visitors, a gain ...

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Economic Snapshot: A steady housing market

New Home Construction

Builder confidence has remained steady this month, while housing starts are up over 20 percent from last month and the previous year. Housing Market Index Builder confidence held steady at a level of 63 in November, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). “With most of our members responding before the November elections, confidence ...

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METS 2016: Strong attendance driving business


The METS show team is all smiles this year, as records continue to fall at the world’s largest marine equipment trade show. Opening day attendance was announced as 8,133 people, setting a new opening day record and representing a significant climb over the 7,390 visitors who set the previous opening day attendance record last year. Rens-Jan van Vliet, product manager ...

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METS 2016 opens to crowded halls


The 29th annual Marine Equipment Trade Show opened Tuesday at the Amsterdam RAI to crowded halls and a record number of exhibitors. Show visitors were still pouring through the entry doors long after the doors opened to kick off the 29th edition of the world’s largest marine trade show. The USA Pavilion at this year’s METS is the largest ever, with ...

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Weekly 5: Industry scrutinizes Trump position on ethanol


The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every week on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. Industry scrutinizes Trump position on ethanol With a Republican administration under President-elect Donald Trump coming to Washington, the boating industry is looking to see how it handles ethanol ...

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METS 2016 set for record year


In spite of cool temperatures and light rain, the mood in Amsterdam, Netherlands was decidedly upbeat Monday as more than 22,000 marine industry representatives arrived in town and set up for Tuesday’s official opening of the 2016 METS. Although the final attendance figure remains to be seen, the 29th edition of the world’s largest marine equipment trade show has already set ...

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IBEX 2016: Furniture, interiors lead innovations


More than 6,000 industry professionals attended IBEX 2016 to see the latest product innovations. With concerns over Hurricane Matthew, IBEX 2016 attendance was up from last year’s Louisville event, but slipped from 2014, the last time it was held in Tampa. About 4,700 attended in Louisville in 2015, while about 6,900 attended in Tampa in 2014. Organizers noted that concern ...

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17 Boat show tips for 2017


As the boating season ends in most regions and winterizations are winding down, it’s time to start looking at the biggest selling event for dealers: boat shows. Whether you sell one boat or 50, there is no denying that a boat show presence is integral for a dealership’s visibility and success. We talked to several dealers about their most successful ...

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Not another dead end job


How to find (and keep) good employees Any organization worth its salt will tell you its greatest asset is its people. As such, the hiring and retaining on quality employees should be a business’s No. 1 concern. The boating industry isn’t unaware of the need to hire quality employees – if anything, the industry is hyper aware. But what is the secret ...

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