South Florida is preparing a bid for the 2016 Super Bowl, but a potential tourism conflict looms because the National Football League could move the game to Presidents Day weekend, when the five-day Miami International Boat Show has been held since the 1940s. Local tourism officials previously have declined to pursue a Super Bowl if…more
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.
Exhibitors at the mega-show reported eager buyers ready to sit down and talk turkey about their next boat purchase A rebounding economy, consumers eager to buy and perfect weather teamed up to make the 2012 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail a success, organizers and exhibitors say. “People really seemed to have…more
The 2012 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail attracted 100,917 visitors from around the world – down 3 percent from 2011, when 102,374 attended the five-day show, which ended Monday. Similar to what the industry has been seeing at boat shows across the country, the National Marine Manufacturers Association is hearing reports…more
MIAMI – They just kept coming. One after the other, boatbuilders held press conferences Thursday introducing their vessels. It was quite a change from the last few years in which new-boat announcements were scarce or most of the boats being introduced were current hulls with deck, cabin or helm design changes. And a noticeable increase…more
The Soundings Trade Only team hit the ground running as the Miami International Boat Show opened Thursday. Here’s a look at some of the happenings. Click play to view scenes from the 2012 show.
MIAMI – Fifteen marine products were honored today for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International at the 71st annual Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail. Thirteen companies took home 2012 Innovation Award honors and two others received honorable mention during the NMMA’s State of the Recreational…more
MIAMI – The 71st annual Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show opened this morning, and signs point to a strong event, organizers said. The early winter boat shows, so far, have seen “a lot of positive signs and positive indicators” that the consumer coming out to the shows is “highly qualified,” Thom Dammrich, president of…more
MIAMI – Soundings Trade Only editor Bill Sisson took a break from his busy schedule Wednesday to talk about the prospects for this year’s Miami International Boat Show. Sisson believes pent-up demand and a desire to enjoy the boating lifestyle are positive signs for the industry. Click play for Sisson’s analysis. “I would say there’s…more
MIAMI – As the Miami International Boat Show was setting up, the Coast Guard briefed journalists at its Miami rescue coordination center on why boaters need to do their part so an “elegant, sophisticated” search-and-rescue system can work properly. “We have all these wonderful tools, but unless you do your part it doesn’t work,” said…more
Cabo, Tiara, Grady-White, Boston Whaler – they’re some of the boatbuilders set to unveil new product at the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show. In addition, the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach will provide another venue for the industry to display its offerings. Both shows open Thursday and run through Monday. The 24th…more