The [Australian] Boating Industry Association (BIA) has released an optimistic outlook for boating events in 2021.  

BIA President Darren Vaux said the Board of Directors were confident measures taken throughout 2020 had put the organisation in a strong position for the recovery stages of COVID-19.

“Like many organisations we had to make hard decisions relating to budget and resources through 2020, and that has put us in good stead to rebound,” Vaux said.

“Retail activity across the boating industry has been very strong over the past eight months as the public have opted to get outdoors for recreation and leisure, and what better way to do that than on the waterways in a boat with family and friends. Boating is an activity that supports being COVID Safe.”

The BIA is further encouraged by large sporting events and other shows and exhibitions being successfully held around Australia over recent months.

The BIA plans to deliver two key Boat Shows in 2021 including a new-format COVID Safe Sydney Show from July 29 at the International Convention Centre & Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour and the Brisbane Boat Show at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from August 20.


“The aim with both Sydney and Brisbane events is to celebrate the boating lifestyle by creating a festival atmosphere around boating through exhibitions, presentations, demonstrations and entertainment to engage the entire family,” said Vaux.

The BIA has decided to holdover the Rosehill Trailer Boat Show and Adelaide Boat Show until 2022.