This year’s Oslo in-water boat show (Båter i Sjøen) drew to a close on Sunday with a record attendance of 14.577 visitors during the four-day event. This is 20% up from last year and the best visitor numbers in many years.
Commenting on the number of people that visited the show, Leif Bergaas, general manager of the boatbuilding association Norboat, says: “We hoped for good visit numbers, but this influx was fantastic and an excellent location as Aker Brygge proves to play a central role.”
In addition, exhibitors have reported strong sales at the show, and it is clear that the positive trend for the boating industry continues.
There were 270 boats on display at the show and about 50 equipment exhibitors were in attendance.
Companies have reported that the sale of boats between 4m and 8m in length, which last year saw an increase in sales of almost 15%, also performed well at this year’s event.
“The trend this year seems to be towards larger boats - like ride and family boats, which have seen an increase in sales. PWCs, which last year recorded a double-digit sales figures, are still selling well, and the trends continues well this season,” Bergaas comments.
“Whether it's the low interest rate and a desire to spend more time along the coast of Norway that manifests itself, we can see positive signs in the market”, he concludes.
Held at Aker Brygge Marina, Båter i Sjøen is the Scandinavia’s largest outdoor boat show.