The Auckland Boat Show is officially still on, but with a new format, new name and new dates!
The Marine Industry Association (MIA) made the announcement last week, much to the delight of the marine industry. The show, now running under the new name of Auckland Boat Show will take place on the 8th – 11th of October 2020!
The Boat Show is not only a major event for the marine industry nationwide, but also a valuable and important event for Auckland. NZ Marine are hosts to this show, and been waiting to see how the Covid-19 situation develops. With an extremely likely chance that by show time the country will be well into Lockdown 1 or better, the organisers felt they could safely give the show the green light.
By changing the branding name of the show to “Auckland Boat Show” the MIA felt it better reflect the now wider and more diverse exhibitiors on display at the show.
Through industry demand, the show has grown over the last 22 years to incorporate more on land displays of trailer power boats and internal pavilion exhibits of marine equipment and service providers. As such there has been an increase of displays on land – so the MIA believe that this name change is a good reflection of exhibits on display across the board.
This subtle change, will provide wider branding opportunities for exhibitors. The logo will look the same and as will the branding colours and the a key part of the show will continue to be boats on display and ready for sea trial on the water.
The new dates are timed to bring the show into daylight saving and the final week of school holidays. Also the show will be just two weeks prior to Labour weekend to ensure the industry motivates the boating public to get back into boating mode.
There is also a reduction in show entry ticket prices from $25 incl GST to $19.50 incl GST for the 2020 show.
One of the most significant changes is the move for the on land exhibitors to The Cloud, on Queens Wharf. However, the on-water display in the inner heart of the Viaduct Harbour will be retained. It’s just a short walk along Quay St between the two venues.
A spokesman for the show says they are excited to move the on land exhibitors to the well-known and well set up ‘The Cloud’ on Queens Wharf. The plan is to have trailer power boat companies on display right outside The Cloud.
The Cloud is a great ready-made venue with all of our required facilities in place, including an internal café lounge area with panoramic views overlooking the Waitemata Harbour.