The January Atlanta Boat Show, traditionally held at the Georgia World Congress Center in mid-January, has been canceled for 2022, with the possibility of some type of boat shows at Lake Lanier in the spring. The Atlanta boat show is one of five that have been canceled for 2022, according to a press release from the National Marine Trade Association, which produces many boat shows in the United States.
The problem, according to the press release, is the supply chain. With the strong interest in boating since the pandemic, more people than ever are buying boats. Demand, along with issues with manufacturers’ inability to secure parts, employees and transportation, has resulted in longer-than-usual deliveries across the country.
“Unprecedented market conditions are forcing event producers around the world to be more nimble than ever, while providing an opportunity to connect with attendees in new, more relevant ways and NMMA is no exception,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, NMMA President. “These announcements come at a time when we are experiencing extraordinary levels of consumer interest in boating and our shows amid product shortages.”
Additionally, four other major boat shows have been canceled for 2022: Baltimore, Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis. Most of them had been scheduled for the first quarter of 2022.
The Atlanta Boat Show’s Facebook page has been updated to reflect the cancellation, citing “current market conditions and needs in Atlanta.”
Since November 22, the NMMA.org The website still showed active dates for the Atlanta Boat Show. However, the site (www.atlantaboatshow.com) indicated that the next show would take place in January 2023, but no specific date was given.
NMMA will produce events in nine cities next year, including St. Petersburg, New York, Miami and Atlantic City.