Detroit Boat Show Reports Upswing in Sales and Strong Interest in Boating

Feb 15, 2010, 07:10 ET from Michigan Boating Industries Association

DETROIT, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Management of the Michigan Boating Industries Association, the producers of the 52nd Annual Detroit Boat Show, stated there was an upswing in boat sales during the opening weekend of the nine-day event as a result of improved attitudes by consumers about spending discretionary dollars.  "We are very pleased with the first two-days of the show.  Serious buyers are coming to the Detroit Boat Show as they realize this is a perfect time to buy a boat while interest rates are low and great buying opportunities exist," stated Van Snider, Show Manager.   

Show management is attributing the improvement in consumer interest to pent-up demand.  "I think people are tired of putting their life on hold because of the bad economy – now that things seem to be turning around, people are more compelled to invest in quality time with friends and family – which is what you get with a boat," continued Snider.  

For those who are not in the market for a boat, but are looking for something fun to do, the Detroit Boat Show also offers special promotions and features like the wakeboard simulator, Capt'n Willie and the Kids Boating Clinic, Lego Boat Building Contest, Crack the Safe to win $25,000 to spend at the show, free seminars, Discover Boating Center, Adopt a Pet Weekends and Spring Training at the Boat Show – more is listed on

The Detroit Boat Show runs through February 21.  Admission is $12 for adults; children 12 and under are free.  Discount tickets are available at  HOURS: Saturdays, Monday (President's Day) and Friday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sundays: 11 a.m.6 p.m.; and Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday: 3 p.m.9 p.m.  Parking is available at Cobo Center and surrounding lots. FOR MORE INFORMATION visit, or call the MBIA at 1.800.932.2628.

SOURCE Michigan Boating Industries Association