Breaking News: Hartford Boat Show Leaving Hartford

I’ve heard rumors about this, but with the press release that just hit my inbox it is obviously now official. The CMTA Hartford Boat Show is staying in Hartford for the winter 2018 show (February 8-11 2018 / Conn. Convention Center), but the following year it will be held at one of Connecticut’s casinos.

Questions still remain:

Will they rename the show since it will be an hour outside of Hartford?

Will another show, such as the Northeast Fishing and Hunting show (which already has a few boats on display) expand to fill the void left in Hartford County?

Will the relocated Hartford Boat Show be better at Mohegan Sun – What’s your opinion?

Here’s the full press release…


Mohegan Sun & Connecticut Marine Trades Association Ink Partnership At The Mohegan Sun Expo Center

Set to open in mid-2018, The Mohegan Sun Expo Center Signs On A Multi-Year Boat Show

UNCASVILLE, CT (December 21, 2017) – It was announced today from The Cabaret Theatre inside Mohegan Sun, that the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA) signed the first year’s contract of a three year agreement with Mohegan Sun, to host their an boat show in the all-new Expo Center, which is approaching its final stages of construction at the resort located in scenic Mystic Country CT. CMTA’s first show at Mohegan Sun will be January of 2019.


With Mohegan Sun’s major convention space expansion, totaling 250,000 square-feet and to include within that, a 125,000 square-foot Expo Center, 20,000 square-foot Earth Ballroom, 15 meeting rooms and 20,000 square-feet earmarked for new dining or entertainment space, CMTA joins Barrett-Jackson & United Natural Foods as partners already planning shows in The Mohegan Sun Expo Center. The expansion is on schedule, with an open date expected for summer 2018.

The Connecticut Marine Trades Association’s trade show is set to begin in January of 2019, and this event will be CMTA’s 50th annual boat show. CMTA Chairman, Ron Helbig, CMTA Executive Director, Kathleen Burns and CMTA Dir. & Show Committee Chair, Phil Gaudreau, among many others, all celebrated the signing along with Mohegan Sun leaders on the morning of December 21st, which included Mohegan Tribal Chairman, Kevin “Red Eagle” Brown, Assistant General Manager of Mohegan Sun, Jeff Hamilton, VP of Expo & Convention Sales of Mohegan Sun, John Washko.

For more information on Mohegan Sun’s meetings & conventions and the new Expo Center, visit:

About Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA): The CMTA is a not-for-profit trade association representing boating and related marine industries throughout Connecticut, from the Long Island Sound to the state’s rivers and lakes. Founded in 1954, the CMTA has over 330 member businesses and is dedicated to the well-being of the industry by promoting the interests of recreational boating, improving industry condition, monitoring legislative and regulatory issues, and advancing boating education throughout the state. In 2018, the 49th CMTA produced Hartford Boat Show will be held February 8-11, 2018 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford,  CT. or

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN: Owned by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, Mohegan Sun is one of the largest, most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in the United States.  Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is home to 1,600 deluxe hotel rooms, 2 world-class spas, a golf course, over 90 shops, restaurants and bars as well as three award-winning entertainment venues including a 10,000-seat Arena. Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country. More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting 


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