The Northwest Marine Trades Association has announced that “the wait is over” as it moves forward at full speed with plans for the return of its major in-person winter boat show, traditionally the largest such event in the North. western Pacific.
“Our Seattle Boat Show, presented by Union Marine, is back,” said George Harris, president of the NMTA. “We are delighted to announce that our show will once again raise its flag for the traditional 9-day race, February 4-12, 2022.”
While some major market shows have announced that they will not be returning this winter (Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta among them), others recognize the importance of “getting back into the game” as Michelle Burke of the Cleveland Boat Show puts it. . “The honeymoon is over. Our competition for the recreational dollar is back. We need to stimulate continued enthusiasm among all the new boaters we sold during the pandemic. We also need to fill our sales funnel and we are convinced that returning our winter show to Cleveland is the best way to do it, ”she says.
To enhance the attractiveness of the Seattle show, the on-water portion of the event will move to the Port of Seattle’s Bell Harbor Marina. Formerly held in Chandler’s Cove, the new location will be more convenient for spectators. “It’s less than two miles from Lumen Field,” says Harris, “so the transit time aboard our non-stop fast shuttles will give attendees more time to get through the entire show. ”
Aside from locations, Seattle is also introducing a powerful new seminar format for 2022. One of the main draws of the Seattle show has always been its wide range of seminars, among the most diverse of any boat show in the industry. . This year will include over 70 seminars covering Anchoring Techniques, Sails Tuning, Impact Free Mooring, Diesel Engine Basics, Marine Electrical Systems Troubleshooting, Tides and Currents, Squid, Fishing with crab, shrimp, halibut and salmon fishing and much more.
“A big novelty in our seminar programs this year,” says Harris, “will be the recording of all presentations that will later be available, on demand, in the show’s new online seminar library. “
A $ 99 seminar ticket package that includes multi-day tickets to the show as well as a shipment of goodies, including a copy of the Cart guide, will be offered this year.
“Show attendees,” Harris continued, “who cannot attend all of the in-person seminars on their wishlist will have access to the full seminar library, which will remain available for 3 months after the show.
The return of the Seattle show also marks another milestone. This is the 75th anniversary of the founding of NMTA, first known in 1947 as Northwest Marine Industries, Inc.
“We took this opportunity to dust off box after box of old photos, slides and newspaper clippings,” says Harris, “and we found many gems that have reminded us of just how deeply boating and fishing is. rooted in our northwest way of life. We got to see how our Seattle Boat Show has always been a celebration of boating and a place for boaters to meet up with friends, share memories, plan summer adventures and recall past adventures and the good old times. We’re excited to bring this back.
According to show director Katie McPhail, initially 258 NMTA members are already set to celebrate the show’s return with 166 different new boat and brokerage brands on display at both show venues.
Despite supply chain and inventory issues, the big response to the return of the industry’s fall show circuit has shown exhibitors are finding creative ways to be where the action is. And the record-breaking audience attendance at most of these shows is a clear indicator of the healthy attendance expected for the winter show circuit, which kicks off in Cleveland, Jan. 13-17.