Marina and boatyard event 50-percent sold out

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With less than three months left before the 2004 National Marina and Boatyard Conference and Exposition, 50 percent of the120+ exhibitor spaces have been sold out, with 25 of the 29 premium spaces already secured by marina and boatyard vendors, the show’s co-producers reported Friday.

“The overwhelming response by marina-related businesses and organizations to exhibit at the upcoming conference has been exciting, especially since we have almost tripled the exhibitor booth spaces since the 2002 conference,” said Tim Timpson, executive director of the International Marina Institute, one of the three co-producers of the event.

The other producers are the Marina Operators Association of America (MOAA) and the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA), with the Marine Retailers Association of America serving as an affiliate supporter of the event.

The 2004 National Marina and Boatyard Conference and Exposition will be held at the Greater F ort Lauderdale Convention Center to accommodate the growing numbers of attendees and exhibitors, who were limited in 2002 due to available space, show producers stated.

The event will take place February 4-7 and will be kicked off the evening of the fourth with a reception to be held on the exhibit floor. Two days of professional development seminars will be hosted adjacent to the show floor allowing participants to return to the exhibit area during breaks. The program wraps on Saturday morning, February 7, with an all-marine industry breakfast followed by an optional field trip to Fort Lauderdale area marinas, according to the show’s producers.

Exhibitors who are interested in exhibiting at the conference should contact Joanne Zito at (954) 441-3229 or by email at

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