ORANGE, Calif. – In response to exhibitor requests, the Southern California Marine Association has negotiated a boat show date change with the Long Beach Convention Center starting in 2007, ending an on-going schedule conflict between the International Sail and Power Boat Show and the Annapolis Boat Show in Maryland, SCMA said in a press release April 21.
The 2007 dates for the 38-year-old show in Long Beach will be September 20-23, approximately three weeks earlier than normal.
“We have a great relationship with the city of Long Beach, the Marine Bureau and the Convention Center which allowed us to make this scheduling accommodation for the benefit of our exhibitors wishing to participate at both shows,” said Dave Geoffroy, SCMA executive director.
“For the sailboat industry, both Annapolis and our Long Beach show are vitally important when it comes to introducing new product and generating sales,” Geoffroy continued. “Having both shows at nearly the same time each year was not productive, nor in the best interest of the exhibitors. I’m confident we’ll see even greater growth in exhibitor attendance and boat count at Long Beach now that this issue has been resolved.”
For 2006, the International Sail and Power Boat Show will begin a four-day run on Thursday, Oct. 5.
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