London Boat Show

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The London Boat Show was held each January at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London. It was organised by National Boat Shows, which is a subsidiary of the British Marine Federation.

The show's cancellation from 2019 was announced in May 2018, with low visitor satisfaction and lack of industry support cited by the organisers.[1]

History[edit]

The first London Boat Show was held at Olympia, before moving to the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in 1957. A popular feature of the show during its time at Earls Court was the use of the venue's pool area to host floating boats for visitors' inspection.

The London Boat Show moved to ExCeL in 2004.[2] The inclusion of smaller craft such as dinghies, kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards, as well as popular watersports such as wakeboarding, led to the inclusion of the Watersports Action Pool, where visitors could watch the craft indoors.

The show was usually ten days long, but in 2018 was five days long.[3]

Sponsorship[edit]

In November 2014 it was announced that CWM FX had become the title sponsor for the London Boat Show. Since 2015 the show would be known as the CWM FX London Boat Show.[4][5] CWM FX was closed in March 2015 after allegedly operating a Ponzi scheme.

Attendance[edit]

Here are the attendances of recent years of the Show.

Year Attendance Source Notes
2002 154,211 ABC audited
2003 145,845 ABC audited Last year at Earl's Court
2004 213,801 ABC audited First year at ExCeL
2005 154,041 ABC audited
2006 140,000 [2] (unaudited)
2007 130,000 National Boat Shows press release, 14 January 2007 (unaudited)
2008 127,251 ABC audited
2009 112,000 National Boat Shows press release, 18 January 2009 (unaudited)
2010 102,655 National Boat Shows press release, 17 January 2010 (unaudited)
2011 109,778 National Boat Shows press release, 17 January 2011 (unaudited)
2012 102,841 National Boat Shows press release, 16 January 2012 (unaudited)
2013 93,327 National Boat Shows figures, reported in Motor Boat & Yachting,
2014 88,593 National Boat Shows figures, reported in Motor Boat & Yachting
2015 92,288 National Boat Shows figures, reported in Motor Boat & Yachting,
2016 90,328 National Boat Shows figures, reported in Motor Boat & Yachting,
2018 52,000 National Boat Shows figures, reported in Motor Boat & Yachting,

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Motor Boat & Yachting http://www.mby.com/news/london-boat-show-cancelled-91800. Retrieved 16 May 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Link text Archived 28 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ http://www.sail-world.com/UK/London-Boat-Show---CWM-FX-signs-as-title-sponsor/129184
  5. ^ http://www.boatingbusiness.com/news101/industry-news/cwm-fx-signs-as-lbs-title-sponsor

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