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New York Boat Show attendance drops in 2012

The National Marine Manufacturers Association reports today that attendance at the 2012 New York Boat Show was down 10 percent in 2012, with 40,702 attending. The NMMA attributes the drop in attendance to the mild temperature and the Giant’s playoff game on Sunday afternoon, which resulted in smaller closing day crowds.

NMMA President Thom Dammrich said in a statement that this year’s boat show had a reinvigorated interest, with more buyers coming out than before.

“We saw more optimism in the 2012 Progressive Insurance New York boat Show than in the last four or five years,” said Dammrich in a statement. “Some attendees have been coming out to the show for several years, just looking; however, after recent positive economic news on manufacturing and jobs, it seems some Americans are ready to break out and do what they’ve been holding back on for years.”

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