The southern hemisphere’s most highly anticipated marine event will be celebrating its milestone 30th anniversary in 2018.
To celebrate the occasion, we’re taking a step back in time to remember the birth of the first Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in 1989.
The originally named ‘Queensland International Boat Show’ was a huge success, with motorway traffic stopping as thousands of people flocked to The Marine Village.
SCIBS general manager Johan Hasser said the team is thrilled to be planning a massive Show for 2018, buoyed by the spirit of exhibitors already working towards their displays for the landmark 30th year.
“30 years is a milestone we are proud and excited to share with our exhibitors, sponsors and supporters across the industry,” said Mr Hasser.
“From 100-plus exhibitors in 1989, to the world-class showcase it is today with more than 300 quality exhibitors from Australia, New Zealand and Asia, plus visitors from around the world, it’s fair to say we’ve come a long way.”
As well as attracting upwards of 40,000 visitors, SCIBS has grown to become one of the most important B2B events on the Australian boating calendar, hosting international delegations from every continent in the wake of the ASMEX conference and thanks to the support of the Gold Coast City Council and the Queensland Government.