Sheila Jones deemed her first U.S. Powerboat and U.S. Sailboat shows as general manager a success.
While she said they do not have the total attendance figures yet, she said it appeared there was an increase in attendance at both shows and the Powerboat Show may have exceeded 2019′s attendance, which was their best year ever.
The shows went better than she expected. Her favorite part was catching up with exhibitors.
“Our exhibitors reported vigorous sales in both shows,” Jones said. “The big difference this year was not having our exhibitors and attendees from Canada and Europe. I am looking forward to a reunion with them in 2022.”
She said it felt wonderful to bring the shows back to the community. “We have many nonprofits who benefit greatly from the shows and missed this opportunity in 2020,” Jones said. “Eastport Elementary School PTA offers parking, several nonprofits sell food items outside the fence on Compromise Street. Several others, such as CRAB and EWE Spirit Foundation have space inside the show which offers them the opportunity to get their message out to many people.”
To make it easier for BWI/Arundel Mills-area hotel guests to enjoy this year’s U.S. Powerboat and U.S. Sailboat Shows, Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County contracted with the Pasadena-based ZBest Limousine Service to provide complimentary transportation from the BWI/Arundel Mills region to City Dock for the Shows.
Executive Director Kristen Pironis said the decision to provide shuttle transportation to the boat shows was a natural fit.
“The U.S. Powerboat and U.S. Sailboat Shows are milestone events that attract visitors from across the country and around the world to Annapolis and Anne Arundel County,” Pironis said in a statement.
Susan Seifried, communications director for Visit Annapolis said they always look forward to the boat shows every year.
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“2020 was a lost year for so many of our events and we were so excited to have them back and we saw a lot of people downtown,” Seifried said. “People were dining at our restaurants, staying at our hotels and shopping at our stores.”