Attendance up 29 percent at Minneapolis Boat Show

MINNEAPOLIS – The 2006 Minneapolis Boat Show saw an increase in attendance of 29 percent over last year and an increase of 22 percent over the three-year average, the National Marine Manufacturers Association – producers of the show ¬- said in a release today.

Total attendance for the show, which was held at the Minneapolis Convention Center from Jan. 18 – 22, was 45,042.

“Minnesotans love summer, they love their lakes, and they love virtually every type of water recreation,” said Jennifer Thompson, Minneapolis Boat Show manager. “We’re thrilled that this love of the outdoors ¬- and our good weather throughout the show – translated to a successful show.”

Thompson added that the show’s decision to reduce its admission prices, and for the first time provide children 12 and under free admission, helped boost overall attendance.

“We saw a lot of families at this year’s show, and I attribute much of that to our reduced admission costs.”

Joe Meuller, owner of Minnesota Inboard Water Sports, was delighted not only with foot traffic at the Show but also with sales at his booth. “We tied a Malibu record for single day sales at a boat show on Saturday. It was a great day and a great show all the way around.”

The 2007 Minneapolis Boat Show is scheduled for January 17 – 21, 2007 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. For more information, visit www.MinneapolisBoatShow.com.

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