The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced today that after seven years, the New York Boat Show, the world's first and longest-running boat show, is moving out of its holiday dates back into its traditional timeframe. The 105th annual show, which is moving from a nine-day format to five days, will take place January 20-24, 2010, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
"The New York show date change is a major victory for our industry," notes Ben Wold, executive vice president. "We couldn't be happier about securing the desired dates for our exhibitors who have continually supported us over these past few years of date challenges. The new timeframe will allow us to create and market a much stronger show than in recent years."
Throughout the 2003-2009 date patterns, residents throughout the New York City region have often missed the show due to holiday travel schedules and festivities. With the January date change, local and regional boating enthusiasts will have a better opportunity to attend the show, creating a stronger selling environment for New York Boat Show exhibitors.
"NMMA has worked persistently over the last seven years to get the New York Show dates changed and avoid the challenging holiday timing," explains Linda Waddell, vice president of NMMA northern shows. "We're extremely optimistic about the opportunities now available to our exhibitors by making the show more available to regional boating enthusiasts and residents of New York City - this is truly a brand new day for the New York Boat Show."
The New York Marine Trades Association and its boat dealer members throughout the New York region also played a crucial role in securing the new dates, aggressively petitioning legislators throughout the state and providing ongoing insight to key decision-makers on the importance of the late-January timing.
Jonathan Pritko has been appointed Show Manager of the New York Boat Show. Pritko also manages NMMA's Atlantic City International Power Boat Show and Norwalk International In-Water Boat Show. 2010 New York Boat Show logistics will be updated in the coming months and can be found at NYBoatShow.com.