Trade Show Organizers Protest New Dates for New York Boat Show

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's staff met Wednesday with the Friends of Javits, a group representing 50 trade show organizers, who are disgruntled over the governor's decision to give the New York Boat Show more favorable dates at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, beginning in 2015, according to press reports. Last week, the governor announced that the annual show, produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, would move to dates in mid-January to attract more attendees. The show traditionally has been held in early January. The move was made to give the boating industry a boost following Superstorm Sandy, which destroyed an estimated 65,000 vessels in the New York City area. The measure set off a wave of controversy, as the trade show community complained that moving the Boat Show would displace several longstanding shows --the New York International Gift Fair (known as NY NOW), Business Journal's MRket Show, Texworld Show, the National Retail Federation Show, and the Action Sports Wear and Street Wear Show–Agenda -- all of which had better economic track records than the Boat Show. The group also argued that the move would violate the convention center's booking policies, which evaluate the merits of a show based on its economic impact on the city. In a statement, the Friends of Javits said, "We look forward to working through this matter, in good faith, in the coming days."