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Atlanta Boat Show back in familiar location

By Pamela A. Keene
 
Moving back into Hall C at the Georgia World Conference Center was a boon to the Atlanta Boat Show this year. After having to juggle show space in 2019 because of the Atlanta’s hosting Super Bowl LIII last year, it was apparent that exhibitors and the public enjoyed being able to stretch their wings again for the four-day show in mid-January. 
 
“The show did really well this year,” said Kevin Murphy, manager of the Atlanta Boat Show on behalf of the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association. “More than 170 exhibitors really filled the building with boats. A number of exhibitors and dealers expanded their space, plus we had many new products.” 
 
The event showcased more than 700 boats, from pontoons to cruising yachts and jet skis to a 41-foot full-keeled sailboat. “This was the first time in a number of years that we had a sizable keelboat on the floor,” he said. “We are still hoping to expand our draw to the sailing community, but we realize that it’s costly for dealers to bring their boats from the coast.” 
 
Other highlights included the world debuts of new boats from two manufacturers: Nautique and Mastercraft.
 
Organizers are looking ahead to further expansion for the 2021 show. “We have already reserved Hall B and Hall C, which will add 100,000 more square feet to next year’s show,” Murphy said. “Some exhibitors have already reserved their spaces. 
 
“And for consumers, just get ready to batten down the hatches for an even better Atlanta Boat Show in 2021.” 
 
The Atlanta Boat Show benefits the Marine Trade Association of Metro Atlanta. The 2021 Atlanta Boat Show takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center January 14-17. 

Posted online 1.30.20
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