KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Early registration numbers for Sea Ray’s third-annual AquaPalooza were up over 300 percent as of last weekend, the company reported in a release yesterday.
The multi-location marine extravaganza has seen a 352-percent increase in boat registration and a 395-percent increase in guest registration over last year’s numbers.
The registration numbers for the past three events, as of June 8 each year, were:
“I’m almost speechless,” said Rick Stone, president of Sea Ray. “This just goes to show that now more than ever people want to get away from the stresses of life and take to the water with family and friends. And that’s what our AquaPalooza is all about. The event is Sea Ray inspired, but really it’s all-inclusive, and everyone is welcome. It’s a testament to the boating lifestyle.”
Last summer, AquaPalooza attracted more than 10,000 boats and 30,000 guests to 120 events around the world. This year it is expected to draw a more than 50,000 guests to 150 events on lakes, rivers, bays and harbors from New York to California, Egypt to Australia, the company reported.
“But with the amount of registrations we’ve already had, AquaPalooza 2008 could be bigger than we ever imagined,” said Stone.
Most of this year’s festivities will take place during the last two weekends in July, but other events are planned both before and after these dates. Sea Ray and its dealers will kick off AquaPalooza stateside from July 18 to 20 at the Signature Event at Coconuts at the Lake, at Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. Hosted by MarineMax Lake Ozark, MarineMax Osage Beach and MarineMax Laurie.
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