Spring Arrives Early this Year with the Johannesburg Boat Show 2013 – August 8 – 11, at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec
The organisers of the annual Johannesburg Boat Show are expecting up to 30 000 visitors at this year’s event, which will run at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, south of Johannesburg, on August 8-11.
The Boat Show is also being seen as the “First Official Spring Event of 2013!” Last year the show attracted 30 000 visitors run over three days, and this year the organisers are adding an extra day, opening the show on Thursday August 8 and running through to the Sunday, August 11 “We have also moved the date earlier in the month of August,” says Dan Savadier, Chairman of the Gauteng Boat Retailers Association, and also the Managing Director of Waterworld.
“The early date in August is ideal,” says Savadier, “and we like to think of it as the first spring event of 2013. It suits our boat retailers because a lot of them are importers, and they can get an idea from customer feedback at the show as to what boats they should order for the coming season. The same, of course, applies to our local boat manufacturers.”
Last year’s inaugural show, viewed as the official platform of the boating industry, was a great success as it married the concept of Guateng’s biggest boating show in combination with a Motorcycle and Outdoor show, and this year the organisers are going with the same formula.
“That was a brand new concept then, and it worked well for us and for the motorcycle and outdoor lifestyle people. There is absolute synergy between boating, biking and camping, and I think everyone involved got exposure to a whole new clientele.
“The show will be even bigger and better than it was last year. In 2012 we only had a few months to put everything together, while this time we have had a whole year. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least 10 major boat launches that will take place at the show, so, yes, it is very exciting.”
Apart from a mouth-watering array of boats on display, covering all ends of the boat market, there will be plenty of fun for children, and a wake-boarding display on the Nasrec lake situated outside the boating halls, using an ultra-high-powered cable system.
JOHANNESBURG BOAT SHOW
WHEN: Thursday 8 – Sunday 11 August 2013
SHOW HOURS: Thursday 8 – Saturday 10, 09:00 – 18:00, ticket sales and gates close at 17:00, Sunday 11, 09:00 – 16:00, ticket sales and gates close at 15:00 – Tickets are available at the gate or through Computicket.
WHERE: Johannesburg Expo Centre, Rand Show Road, Nasrec. (GPS – S26° 14.810’ E27° 58.695’)