2008 Liberty Boat Show cancelled

CHICAGO -- The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced today that it has cancelled the 2008 Liberty Boat Show, which had been scheduled for September 25-28. Show organizers have scheduled next year’s show for October 1-4, 2009, at its originally scheduled location and venue: Liberty State Park’s Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City, N.J.

“The decision to postpone Liberty was born out of the challenging economic climate our industry is currently facing and our desire to provide a solid and worthwhile show for our exhibitors,” says Ben Wold, NMMA executive vice president. “In our first year owning and producing the show, NMMA wants to give exhibitors and attendees an event of the quality and caliber they’ve come to expect from NMMA shows. At the end of the day, when we weighed all our options with the sentiments of manufacturers and dealers exhibiting at the 2008 show, we decided it’d be wise to postpone the 2008 show and wait to host the event in a more suitable economic environment.”

NMMA says that the decision to postpone the 2008 event was discussed at length with Liberty exhibitors, who overwhelmingly agreed to push the show back a full 12 months. NMMA said exhibitors felt it was better to aim for a strong inaugural event under the NMMA banner in 12 months time when the market is likely to be expanding rather than in current market conditions.

NMMA purchased the Liberty Boat Show in May 2008 from Liberty Event Management LLC. It manages show operations and exhibit sales out of its New York City office.

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