Boat Show 'in the heart of town' boosts numbers.

Oslo’s Floating Boat Show
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Reports of an increase in boat show number at Oslo's recent boat show for the second year in a row, faster than the world trend, have been attributed to some observers to be because of the central location of the show, in the heart of Norway's capital.

Organisers of the Oslo floating boat show – Båter i sjøen 2013 – have reported that this year’s show attracted 14,438 visitors, a five per cent increase compared to 2012, when 13,755 people visited the show.

The show, which drew to a close on Sunday, was held for the first time at the Sukkerbiten conference centre just outside the new Oslo opera house.

Over 300 boats, including some 50 premieres, were displayed on water. Of this total, 50 were sailing boats. Around 75 companies displayed boat equipment and services on the quayside.

It's the second year in a row attendance has increased, a positive indicator that the rebound in the market is gaining traction.

Back in 2011, the show registered 11,153 visitors.

'We’ve heard of good sales at the show and a good interest from the visitors. We´ve also had some good reports about good sales', says the Norwegian marine industry association Norboat in a statement to the media.