History of SCIBS

2019
2019

INTO THE FUTURE

INTO THE FUTURE
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show remains an industry leader attracting local, national, interstate and international exhibitors and visitors who have made the show a ‘must-do’ on the marine marketing, promotional, purchasing and sales calendar. The boat show continues to mirror industry trends and is again growing exhibitor and visitation numbers..Read More
2013
2013

2013 – 25 YEARS YOUNG

2013 – 25 YEARS YOUNG
2013 was the show’s 25th Anniversary – who would have thought that from humble beginnings the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show would chalk up a quarter century of exhibition excellence? Truly a remarkable feat celebrated, with many exhibitors and business partners who had supported the show every year attending a..Read More
2009
2009

2009 – ENTER THE GFC

2009 – ENTER THE GFC
Financial conditions held relatively static in Australia, and the boat show didn’t suffer too badly – except for a noticeable reduction in the number of imported boats. The day before the show opened, a low weather system formed off the east coast and moved over landfall just after lunch during..Read More
2008
2008

2008 – RECORDS ARE MADE

2008 – RECORDS ARE MADE
The pinnacle of success came in 2008 with a record 450 boats on water, 600 boats on land, 453 individual exhibitors and a total of 53,700 visitors over four days, making it the biggest marine exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere at the time, and producing an economic benefit to the..Read More
2007
2007

2007 – PRODUCING RESULTS

A record year for the event, Riviera – Australia’s largest luxury boat manufacturer – was the number one retailer at the show, selling 31 boats valued at $35 million. Riviera CEO, Wes Moxey said “I go to shows all over the world and in my opinion, this is the best..Read More
2000
2000

SUPPORT OF THE MARINE INDUSTRY

The show supports the marine industry by being a member of – and providing representation on – various marine organisation boards including Boating Industry Association of Queensland (now Marine Queensland), Australian Marine Industry Federation (now the Boating Industry Alliance Australia), Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX), and Super Yacht Base..Read More
1999
1999

1999 – THE SHOW MUST GO ON

1999 – THE SHOW MUST GO ON
It rained constantly in the week prior to the 1999 show, saturating the parking areas and slowing the build and bump-in to snail’s pace. The show opened on time, however, it was necessary for the evening to have a tractor standing by to assist cars leaving the parking lot. The..Read More
1992
1992

1992- RENAMING

1992- RENAMING
The branding was changed to Sanctuary Cove International Boating Festival and presented annually under this banner until 1996 when the name changed to Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. An added attraction over the festival years was the Celica Billfish Classic supported by Toyota and attracting anglers from across the globe.
1989
1989

1989 – A BOAT SHOW CONCEIVED

1989 – A BOAT SHOW CONCEIVED
The success of the Ultimate Event coupled with the expansion of recreational boating across the country presented a golden opportunity for an annual on-water boat show, and soon after the Queensland International Boat Show was scheduled for May 1989. Halting highway traffic north to Dreamworld and south through Paradise Point..Read More
1985
1985

1985 – THE BEGINNING

Inspired by the integrated resorts of the United States, Sanctuary Cove was the brainchild of property developer Mike Gore. Assembly of the 474 hectare site was completed in 1985 with construction work commencing soon after. The ‘Ultimate Event’ was scheduled for January 1988 which heralded the official opening of Sanctuary..Read More