View Poll Results: Which London Boat Show are you going to?
The actual "London Boat Show" at ExCel 9 18.75%
The new "Earls Court Boat Show" 13 27.08%
Both 8 16.67%
Neither 18 37.50%
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Old 18 October 2007, 09:00   #31
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I guess the ulitmate problem is that the trade, apart from the big players, won't be attending both.

There is only so much 'budget' people have to be spend on new boats and bits. By attending both shows trade people will not get double the business, but they will have to pay 2 show charges in addition to Southampton.

Secondly, I understand that the Excel show is the BMF supported one, its my view that by splitting and having 3 main boats shows per year it will only serve dilute the value of the stands and the returns the industry sees.

I do agree with some of the other comments that the Excel location sucks, but as an exhibition facility it rocks!

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The funny thing about the EC one though, I put myself down as an interested party as soon as the news broke, I have written emails and letters since asking for info and I have now emailed to ask about trade tickets. Guess what, no response. Wierd.
I think I must be getting yours - they send me 2 emails for everything!
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I think I must be getting yours - they send me 2 emails for everything!
Hehehe! They must think you are twice as likely as I am to exhibit.
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Old 19 October 2007, 07:15   #34
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Another vote for Earls Court

I went for the first (and last) time to Excel this year. No atmosphere and a pig to get to from the West Country. Even though every one asured me it was a bigger venue it seemed a lot smaller than Earls Court. It would be good if Excel folded and we just went back to the Earls Court one.

Personally I think the Southampton is better than the others (if you go on a good day) than the others in any case.

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I'm quite happy to pay to go to RIBEX.

But personally I wish it was on the mainland. Then I wouldn't have to pay for a couple of ferry fares.
but you have got a boat
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Well after going to my first SBS I won't be travelling to any London Boat Show any more unless going there for a social occasion.
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The benefits of Excel over Earls Court that no one seems to mention are:

1. Excel has waterfront access (kinda handy for a boat show )
2. Excel is considerably newer
3. Excel has better transport links (City Airport, DLR, close to North Circular, close to M25, M11)
4. Excel has better parking facilities
5. Excel has purpose built accomodation next door (Marriot and Ibis)

It may be a pain to get to for those of you on the south coast, but I'd imagine that the main benefit to those who actually show at the event, is that the group of people with the largest disposable income in Europe is right next door in Docklands, with the City only an extra 15 minutes away. They can literally go to the show over lunch.
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let see.........earls court,has a big pool ,has the heritage and history,as for transport went to excel once and it was a nightmare,you can park right under the show ,as for accomodation i dont know never needed it. it will be good to have a show back there, might even change my mind and go
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I heard a buzz that the Earl's court show is being run by the guy who used to run the Excel show? If this is true I guess he may be a little bitter, maybe this is his attempt at a comeback?

In a way it makes more sense to be before christmas,

Buyers pre christmas will have more disposable income to spend on gear or gear is bought for christmas presents.

From a sellers point of view they don't have to offload all of this seasons clothing etc at the southampton show. they now have one right at the end of the year? This could mean some great 2007 bargins for the buyers
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Excel is a bit of a recent tradition but fond of it nevertheless

Mind you the Docklands is a divil to get to

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