Preparations for the 2012 Gold Coast International Marine Expo are underway as exhibitors begin to show strong interest in the Expo, which will be held on November 2, 3 and 4.
The Expo is a partnership between Gold Coast City Marina, Riviera and Telwater, who will help stage a not-for-profit community and family focused event that will once again take visitors behind the scenes of the marine industry with hundreds of exhibits from the world’s best boating brands displayed over 36 hectares.
The brainchild of Queensland’s boating industry leaders, the Gold Coast International Marine Expo is expected to be bigger and better than the inaugural event, which last year brought almost 16,000 people through the gates over the three day event.
Gold Coast International Marine Expo spokesman Stephen Milne said the word ‘international’ had been added to the title this year to reflect the international brands that would be exhibited at the Expo.
“It will also demonstrate that it is not just a regional show but also an international show attracting exhibitors and visitors from around the world,” Mr Milne said.
“Based on feedback from last year, the show layout will be designed to optimise the full 36 hectares of waterfront property of Riviera and Gold Coast City Marina, and to accommodate a greater number of exhibitors based on the strong level of enquiries we have received so far.
“The Expo will continue to be free entry to the public, however we do ask for a gold coin donation which will go directly to the Rotary Club of Coomera River, as is our philosophy of showcasing the joys of the boating life to a wide cross-section of the general public.
“In its first year, the Gold Coast International Marine Expo attracted 15, 796 visitors and we believe it will this year be the third largest boat show in Australia based on attendance, which is an enormous achievement for such a young event.
“We believe it is the community spirit of Queensland’s boating industry leaders that has made this event so successful with all profits going directly back to the community.”
Mr Milne said this year’s event will still include the Artists’ Quarter, a fundraiser for local charities, live boat building demonstrations, factory tours, Kids Club, new attractions for 2012, international food and beverage stalls, live entertainment to name a few.
“Even though the Expo is still eight months away, we are beginning to receive strong exhibitor interest and I encourage exhibitors to secure their bookings early to avoid disappointment.
“We will offer our 2011 founding exhibitors the first right of refusal of their same position and display space.”
Organisers of the inaugural Gold Coast International Marine Expo are calling on all exhibitors to contact Emma Milne at firstname.lastname@example.org
The second annual Gold Coast International Marine Expo will be held on November 2, 3 and 4 and will be open to the public free of charge from 9am to 5pm over the three action-packed days. To find our more visit www.gcmarineexpo.com.au
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