There will on longer be an LA, San Diego, or San Francisco Boat Show by the NMMA. The National Marine Manufacturers Association has officially cancelled the San Francisco Boat Show and sold the LA and San Diego Shows to Duncan McIntosh. a California based boating magazine publisher and event producer.
“It was not an easy decision to make but after listening to our exhibitors and exploring our options for alternative host sites, it became clear we would not be able to produce the kind of event our attendees and exhibitors have come to expect from NMMA,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said in a statement. “We thank our exhibitors for their support as we looked to use this show as a way to reinvigorate the Northern California market and hope our exhibitors understand our reasons behind this difficult decision.”
This decision to sell follows directly on the heels of a less than satisfactory LA Boat Show. With attendance in the gutter and less than a handful of major industry firms, the show was a disaster and likely resulted in the decision to officially move away from the shows. It will be interesting to see how Duncan McIntosh takes the shows in a new direction and we look forward to seeing what they might look like in the coming years.