With the addition of more dealers, the boat show initially referred to as the Tulsa Virtual Boat Show is now officially the Oklahoma Virtual Boat Show – and it’s showtime!

The virtual show is now online at www.oklahomavirtualboatshow.com.

Nine dealers, including five of Grand Lake’s biggest dealers, representing dozens of varied boat lines are participating in the
online show.

These dealers will not be at the in-person show at Tulsa’s Expo share, opting instead for a safer shopping experience – online.

Shoppers can see videos, photos, specifications and details of hundreds of boats from the comfort and safety of their own home.

Simply click on a dealer or a specific boat line, and select the model of your dreams, then either text or call to complete your purchase without worrying about parking, long lines, weary feet, or the dangers of the pandemic.

Visitors to the site will even have the opportunity to register for a free weekend at Shangri-La Resort including a room, golf, and a spa day.

Boat dealers participating in the Oklahoma Virtual Boat Show include Bill’s Marine, Cross Timbers, Grand Lake Boat Sales, Indian Hills Marina, MarineMax, Nichols Marina Monkey Island, Nichols Marine Tulsa, Sundown Marine, and Ugly John’s Custom Boats.

Boat shoppers are encouraged to log on to www.oklahomavirtualboatshow.com twenty-four hours a day from now through February 14 to enjoy virtual tours of more than forty brands of new boats which will be available for viewing and purchasing.

The dealers participating in the Oklahoma Virtual Boat Show are unanimous in their wishes for the best possible outcome for the in-person Tulsa Show in which each of them has participated for decades.

They are also unanimous, however, in their concern for the health and safety of their employees and customers – and in their excitement about a new shopping experience for boat buying customers.

Originally The Tulsa Virtual Boat Show

More than forty popular brands of new boats will not be represented at the Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show after nine major dealers, including two of the largest historic exhibitors, announced they will not be participating in the in-person event, choosing instead to host a “Tulsa Oklahoma Virtual Boat Show” online from now through February 14.

All members of the Northeast Oklahoma Boat Dealers Association have opted for online “safe boat shopping” in lieu of participation in the Expo Square event, including several of the most popular Grand Lake boat dealers.

Dealers who have opted for the online event instead of the traditional Expo Square show include Bill’s Marine, Cross Timbers, Grand Lake Boat Sales, Indian Hills Marina, MarineMax, Nichols Marina Monkey Island, Nichols Marine Tulsa, Sundown Marine, and Ugly John’s Custom Boats.

“The safety of our customers and our employees is paramount,” said Chris Byrd, President of the Northeast Oklahoma Boat Dealers Association. “As Covid-19 cases continue to increase, we determined that it would be irresponsible and unwise to intentionally attempt to attract thousands of our customers into a crowded indoor environment.”

“In a pandemic atmosphere of virtual classrooms, mandatory masks, social distancing, overloaded hospitals, canceled sporting events, discouraged travel, and increasing Coronavirus cases, we determined that this is the perfect time to expand popular online shopping to the boat buying experience. The vast majority of in-person boat shows across the United States have been canceled for 2021, and we think that is a logical decision,” he said. “We are excited to bring ‘virtual shopping’ to the Oklahoma boating industry,” he said.

It is the first time an online boat show has been held in Oklahoma, but Byrd pointed out that online shopping is a growing trend.

“The vast majority of our leads and subsequent sales are coming from online inquiries already,” he said. “The entire shopping and buying process is changing – not just for boats, but for everything. The marketplace is changing. The Coronavirus just brought it to the forefront of our attention. We may look back on this decision in five or ten years and wonder why we didn’t
do it sooner.”

“The ‘Virtual Tulsa Boat Show’ will offer every opportunity to examine a variety of boats that our customers normally have at the in-person show. The only things missing will be the parking problems, the admission charge, the crowds, and the fifteen-dollar beer,” Byrd laughed.

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