Miami International Boat Show

The Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, held annually in February, is Florida's largest annual event. It takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the New Yacht & Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina and Strictly Sail® at Miamarina at Bayside and features more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors from all over the globe.

Miami show opens Thursday, with Trade Only reporting

The marine industry heads south this week for one of its largest U.S. events – the Miami International Boat Show – which runs Thursday through Monday. About 2,000 exhibitors are expected at this year’s show, and the National Marine Manufacturers Association is hoping to attract 100,000 people or more. Along with Strictly Sail Miami, the…more

South Florida boatbuilders survive cutbacks

South Florida’s boatbuilding industry was hit hard by the recession, but remains a vital part of the region’s economy. No one can say exactly how many builders are operating in the region or how many have left the state or gone under in recent years, the Miami Herald reported. The National Marine Manufacturers Association estimated…more

Miami show unveils mobile app

The 70th annual Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail, running Feb. 17-21, launched the Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail App on iPhone and Android. “With the number of smart phones expected to exceed 1 billion and mobile Internet usage expected to surpass desktop usage by 2013, the next natural step is for…more

A more hands-on approach for visitors

The Miami International Boat Show/Strictly Sail Miami is more than a boat show. It’s an experience, with attractions designed to educate, entice and excite. One of the most heralded new features is the Discover Boating Resource Center. It was tested at the Tampa (Fla.) Boat Show, and based on positive results there, show manager Cathy…more


Will Miami catch the wave?

Exhibitors at the marquee boat show can’t wait to greet consumers who seem ready to spend With many recent boat shows reporting upticks in attendance and leads, exhibitors and organizers of the Miami International Boat Show have every reason to think the 2011 event should meet or exceed expectations. “Leading into the boat show season,…more

Trade Only featured in two Miami boat show panels

Soundings Trade Only is participating in two panel discussions Feb. 18 at the Miami International Boat Show. Boating Writers International will present “The Future of Marine Journalism” at 8:30 a.m. in room B-115 of the Miami Beach Convention Center. The panel includes John Burnham, editorial director at and; Tim Cole, executive vice president…more

Could the Super Bowl bump the Miami boat show?

As National Football League cities prepare to bid for the 2015 and 2016 Super Bowls, local organizers have asked the Miami International Boat Show to consider moving the event from Presidents Day weekend to another weekend so Miami could host the game. That February weekend is one of three that NFL officials asked bidders for…more

Deal in Miami could bolster working waterfront

Years of battling over the future of a significant portion of the Miami River could be drawing to a close under a pact between activists and the city that would preserve the working waterway, while making it harder to build condominiums on its banks. If approved by the state and adopted by the city commission,…more


How experts view the post-recession industry

Marine executives share their acumen at Soundings Trade Only’s annual Miami roundtable The editors of Soundings Trade Only and experts representing various industry segments met prior to the opening of the Miami International Boat Show to discuss some of the pressing issues facing marine businesses today. Topics during the far-ranging 90-minute discussion ran the gamut…more


A bit of magic back in Miami

Attendance was down again, but some good sales numbers have manufacturers planning for the start of a slow recovery The 69th annual Miami International Boat Show was not without its challenges, but organizers and exhibitors alike say they were largely pleased with the results, as the industry slowly climbs out of the recession. “The biggest…more

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