CHICAGO – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has postponed the New Orleans Boat & Sportshow until 2011 “in order to address dealer demands as the boating industry pulls out of the recession,” it stated in a recent release.
“There just wasn’t enough critical mass to warrant an acceptable 2010 show for our exhibitors,” said Cathy Rick-Joule, vice president of southern shows. “We want to continue to be the Gulf Coast’s largest and best boat show and look forward to a new day for our industry and a sustainable and strong 2011 event.”
In addition to the show’s postponement, Barbara Sclafani, who has been with NMMA for 17 years and successfully run the New Orleans Boat & Sportshow as show manager for seven years, will retire on Nov. 30.
“Barbara has served and devoted nearly two decades to helping build and produce an excellent show in New Orleans and will be greatly missed as part of our team,” noted Rick-Joule. “The foundation she built and the reputation she helped create for the show throughout the boating and outdoors community in the Gulf Coast will no doubt ensure a strong and viable show going forward.”
The 41st annual New Orleans Boat & Sportshow is scheduled to take place Jan, 5-9, 2011, at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. A replacement for Barbara Sclafani has not yet been determined, according to NMMA.