The 41st Annual Charleston Boat Show will still be held this year, despite the rising number of COVID-19 cases around the state.
This year’s event will take place January 29th through January 31st at the Charleston Area Convention Center. However, in an effort to protect the health and safety of patrons and staff, the boat show will look slightly different than shows in the past.
Jacqui McGuiness, president of JBM & Associates, said, “This year’s show will be operated as a retail shopping venue. There will be no kids events, no fishing seminars….It’s all about the sale of products and services related to the marine industry. We don’t expect people will be out there looking to be entertained. It’s for people who are in the market or looking to be in the market to buy a boat.”
JBM & Associates recently held a successful boat show in Wilmington so they are confident in their ability to provide a safe environment for patrons.
Boating and fishing provides a multibillion-dollar economic impact to the state of South Carolina. Nationally, the boating industry saw a massive spike in sales after the onset of the pandemic.
With such high interest in the show and in an effort to keep the show at 50% capacity, officials are requiring patrons to purchase their tickets for this year’s boat show online.