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It may be frigid in New England, but everyone in the region knows that boating season really starts now. How do we know? The Hartford Boat Show – and it’s where education, demonstration, celebrities and contests signal that the season will soon be here.

All available exhibit space in Mohegan Sun’s new expo center has sold out for the Hartford Boat Show, and watercraft will also be featured in the center’s ballroom, breakout rooms, and casino, and the show’s hours have been expanded from past years. Over 35 dealers, representing at least 95 different brands of boats, motors and trailers are participating. The show also features personal watercraft such as jet skis, kayaks, inflatables, wakeboards, paddle boats and boards, as well as fishing gear, marinas and boatyards, other marine services, electronics, boating accessories, marine schools and educational programs, and shore side activities such as destinations and attractions and food and beverage.

Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA) and featuring over 125 exhibitors and 400 Boat and Watercrafts, the Hartford Boat Show is at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. It’s the 50th annual boat show, and Evinrude is “powering” this year’s confab as anchor sponsors.

“With the football season behind us, many boaters are now starting to prepare for warmer weather, getting their boats in the water, making upgrades and purchases, and planning trips,” says Kathleen Burns, CMTA Executive Director.

According to Kathleen Burns, CMTA’s Executive Director, thoughtful partnerships and collaborations have been responsible for the development of new features for the 2019 show. Cooperative efforts between customers and dealers, among dealers, state and municipal organizations, and destination agencies and sponsors have resulted in two new show features.  Welcome 2 Our Waters: Destination CT is a special exhibit hall section highlighting shoreside activities, destinations, attractions, and food and beverage.

“The cooperative efforts that have resulted in new show features for this year’s show really illustrate the impact, breadth and opportunities of recreational boating in our state,” cites Burns. Connecticut’s recreational boating industry has an annual economic impact of more than $1.3 billion in direct, indirect and induced spending. Annual retail sales of new boats, engines, accessories and services account for $157.7 million.

Exhibitors hailing from every county in Connecticut will represent all facets and regions of the business of boating in the state.The economic impact and workforce opportunities of the business of recreational boating in Connecticut will be highlighted. The state’s marine industry supports a workforce of over 7,300 people whose lives depend upon people buying, storing, servicing and caring for boats throughout the year.

Visit www.hartfordboatshow.com for more information.

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