LIVONIA, Mich. – The Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) believes “good news is pouring in for boating in Michigan,” citing attendance figures and sales at the recent Detroit Boat Show as one of the reasons for its optimistic forecast.
More than 82,000 people attended last month’s Detroit Boat Show, sales numbers from 75 percent of the exhibiting companies exceeded last year’s, and ongoing survey results expect to see more than 2,000 units sold, valued at $60 million, MBIA stated in a press release today.
“This [The Detroit Boat Show] was the best show we’ve done this year, it has brought us more qualified leads than any event this season,” said Mike Mercer, Tracker Marine/Bass Pro Shops general manager. “Those that came to our exhibit were there to buy boats.”
Boating in Michigan is a $2.3 billion industry that services more than 4 million boaters and employs more than 22,000 people across the state, MBIA reported.