The three-day All Wales Boat Show will be held at Conwy Quay Marina
A boat show that generated £1million-worth of business to North Wales is back.
The second All Wales Boat Show will be held at Conwy Quay Marina from 30 May to 1 June.
It will be officially opened by the Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates, who hailed the event as shot in the arm for the economy.
Organisers are promising a glitzy line up, with luxury boat manufacturers Sunseeker Yachts, Fairline and Sealine exhibiting, along with high end sailboats from Hanse and Delher.
There will also be luxury cars from Rolls Royce, Bentley and McLaren and a helicopter.
At the other end of the spectrum, there will be coracles and bath-tub racing.
The show aims to maximise the potential of the marine leisure industry, which already pumps around £200million into the Welsh economy every year.
An economic impact survey conducted by Bangor University after the inaugural All-Wales Boat Show last year revealed £1million of regional business had been done as a result of the event – including £620,000 in boat sales.
Changes for this year
The 2014 event will be held over three days instead of five and will be staged on a single site on the Conwy side of the estuary instead of being split over two locations.
Deputy Minister Ken Skates attended last year and is looking forward to making a return visit.
He said: ‘The fact that the inaugural event generated £1million worth of regional business demonstrates the vast potential of the marine industry in terms of boosting the economy.
‘This area in particular has some real advantages which I call the three big Cs – the cost of sailing is less, it has a coastline you would struggle to find better anywhere and the clarity of its water.’
Steve Morgan, chief executive of the Welsh Yachting Association, added: ‘Our ambition to make Wales one of the best places in the world to be a sailor.
‘The marine leisure industry in Wales is a major player in terms of economic development and it needs the All-Wales Boat Show.’
Davina Carey-Evans, managing director of show organisers Sbarc, said new additions this year would include wind surfing and wakeboarding, an indoor sailing simulator and a boat jumble.
For more information go to www.allwalesboatshow.com