on 14 Mar 2023
The annual event takes place from May 25-28, 2023, at Sanctuary Cove in Queensland, Australia
The Sanctuary Cove Boat Show 2023 is gearing up to freely welcome international exhibitors and overseas guests for the first time since 2019.
The last three editions of the annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, which takes place at Sanctuary Cove Marina on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, have been impacted by travel restrictions and supply issues related to the pandemic.
Organiser Mulpha Events says it has a suite of international exhibitors already confirmed to appear at SCIBS 2023 (running from May 25-28, 2023), including European exploration motor yacht builders Bering Yachts, Italian FTP engine makers Bepower, Italian RIB makers Lomac, Japanese engine manufacturers Yanmar, Dutch boat coating specialists AkzoNobel, Chinese LED lighting manufacturers Yuyao HOJA, Chinese portable power manufacturers Ecoflow, American outdoor fabric specialist Sunbrella, Swedish RIB manufacturers Iron Boats and New Zealand’s foul release coating specialists Propspeed.
Mulpha says it currently has exhibitors from US, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Holland and Turkey lined up, with more to be announced.
During the travel restrictions of 2020, 2021 and 2022, SCIBS continued to host its annual show. In 2019, of the 47,866 visitors attending the show, 4 per cent were overseas visitors. In 2021, the show saw record crowds of 51,832, however, less than 1 per cent were international visitors.
Even in 2022, as restrictions started to lift, just 1 per cent of visitors came from overseas.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming so many international friends to SCIBS in 2023,” says Johan Hasser, Mulpha Events’ general manager. “From exhibitors we haven’t seen in a few years, to new exhibitors we are hosting for the first time, and of course our visitors from all over the world who have been dreaming about returning to SCIBS for the past three years.
“While we have of course been very happy to host such successful shows over recent years, when many event businesses struggled to even survive, we have certainly missed our international exhibitors and guests. All indications are that 2023 will see us return to a very high representation of international guests and exhibitors.”