ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The St. Louis Boat and Sportshow, which took place from Feb. 9-13, reported a 9 percent increase in attendance over its 2010 show: 30,664 compared to 28,172 attendees.
Show organizers report these vendor comments:
• “We sold 25 boats and 30 skis – this is an incredible show.” — Jerry Simms, St. Charles Boat & Motor, a Yamaha and Nautic Global dealer
• “I have seen more buyers here than in the past 10 years. Two days ago I met a new person. Today this person came back a bought a 35’ Formula. I have personally sold two boats at the show.”— Mark Niedergerke, Formul, Lake of the Ozarks
• “By Saturday afternoon we surpassed our best year ever in sales. It is all record sales from now until Sunday at 5 o’clock.” — Rick LaPoint, Razor Rods/Ricks Chamfered Guides Service
• “We came here direct from the factory and had no preconceived expectations. Boy, have we been surprised! Great crowds and some real serious interest in our product. We can’t wait to come back next year with a bigger presence.”
— Mike Perez, Sales Manager, Gambler/Sterling Boats