From 28 July to 1 August, SIBS attracted more than 45,000 visitors and presented an enticing showcase of the boating lifestyle on, in and near the water, bringing a festive atmosphere to Darling Harbour.
Boating Industry Association (BIA) President Andrew Fielding said interest in boating was riding high and it was great to be back with the 2022 Sydney International Boat Show, returning after a two-year hiatus.
“We are a nation of boaters with one in 10 Australians holding a boat licence, and almost one in five households in NSW owning a boat or watercraft, making it one of the leading pastimes nationally and in the state of NSW,” Mr Fielding said.
“Boat registrations grew by 18,500 over the past 12 months across the nation, taking powerboat registrations to 925,000 and personal watercraft registrations to more than 90,000.
“Of course, this doesn’t include the countless number of non-powered watercraft people are buying for their healthy lifestyle benefits such as stand-up paddleboards, canoes, kayaks and sailing dinghies.