ABOUT THE EXPO
The Gold Coast International Marine Expo is a annual, three-day, not-for-profit event offering so much more than a boat show.
The Expo actively supports a number of charities and local organisations including the Rotary Club of Coomera River, Paradise Kids, Sailability Gold Coast and the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Rescue Service. In 2012 a total of $16,900 was raised for these charities through the gold coin donation at the entry gates and additional fund’s raised from the Artist’s Quarter art auction. For more information on the Expo’s support or information any of these charities please click here.
The Expo offers the opportunity for exhibitors and consumers to meet and talk face-to-face within a friendly marine environment. The Expo not only offers a wide range of exhibitors from kayaks to superyachts, it also offers a comprehensive program of events including a variety of live technical demonstrations and attractions with something happening every 15 minutes over the three big days.
The Expo is staged by the marine industry, for the marine industry. It is a not-for-profit event founded in 2011 by Riviera, Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard, Quintrex, International Paint and Clipper Motor Yachts.
The Expo asks for a gold coin donation as entry with the main purpose to raise money for charity and entice and educate the public to explore and learn all the possibilities that “boating” has to offer and as a result grow the overall marine industry.
The Expo’s primary charter is to stage the event at minimal cost outlay to exhibitors and only seek to recover direct costs. There is no requirement to make a profit from the running of this event.
The voluntary committee’s focus has been the return on investment for all exhibitors. As a result, you will see and experience a more streamlined approach to the Expo. It’s a more back to basics event focused on it’s exhibitors success.
The inaugural 2011 Expo saw the major businesses within Queensland’s Gold Coast Marine Precinct join forces like never before to bring the boating industry together and host an extremely successful Expo. Sales were reported in the tens of millions and was the likes of which have never been seen before in Australia or arguably anywhere else in the world.
Marine industry leaders can’t speak highly enough of the 2012 Expo, with many exhibitors recording the most sales in years, while others have filled their order books for the next six months. The 2012 Expo had been described as ‘breathing life back into the marine industry’, which was certainly impacted by the GFC. Attendance defied industry trends with a total of 20,752 people through the gates from around Australia and New Zealand, which is a 24 per cent increase.
This year the 2013 Expo offers the opportunity for exhibitors and consumers to meet and talk face-to-face within a friendly marine environment. Offering “free” entry to the Expo ultimately allows and entices all potential customers to come along and learn, experience and understand what “the boating industry” has to offer. With exhibitor enquiry strong, attendance trends on the rise and a comprehensive line up of events and attractions the 2013 Expo is looking to be the biggest yet.