10 August 2010
The fourth Jersey Boat Show will take place during the May bank holiday weekend, from Saturday 30 April until Monday 2 May 2011.
The announcement was made today (10 August) by Harbour Master, Captain Howard Le Cornu to key members of the business community at the Institute of Directors lunch.
He said “We are extremely proud to officially confirm that the Jersey Boat Show will enter its fourth year in 2011. Our inaugural show in 2008 was put together in just 6 months when we were looking at new ways of boosting marine business in the Island and raising the profile of our maritime industry. That first show was an incredible success and a mark of the enthusiasm, hard work and commitment from our staff at the Port of Jersey and Jersey Marinas. The show has rapidly grown into an important community and business 3 day event. It’s a showcase for our marine leisure industry, as well as a fantastic family weekend and we are now excited to be in the early planning stages for 2011.”
The first show in 2008 attracted an estimated 12,000 Islanders and tourists, generating more than £4m worth of business for the exhibitors. The following year, an estimated 20,000 visitors visited the show. This year, an estimated 30,000 visitors attended with 12,500 visitng the pontoons to take a closer look at exhibiting boats and vessels for sale.
Approximately, £14,000 was raised for marine charities and Holidays for Heroes during this years show. Jersey Harbours hopeto announce their lead sponsor for next year’s event at the Southampton Boat Show in September.
Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Paul Routier said,“The Jersey Boat Show is now firmly established in our tourism calendar and is regarded as a major event in the maritime world. All traders reported good business in 2010 and it is now accepted as being an important key event which brings major benefits for business, tourism and the Island as a whole. Its success is also based on the fact that this is a free event for all the family with a positive, maritime festival atmosphere appealing to all generations, whether they are experienced mariners or not.”