This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Gigantic Nautical Flea Market in Florida, the Rio de Janeiro International Boat Show, the Korea International Boat Show, the International Boat Show & Festival in China and METS 2013.
The Gigantic Nautical Flea Market, a unique boating and marine bazaar, returns Feb. 23-24 to Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside, on Plantation Key.
Thousands of bargain hunters of all ages and interests flock to browse and buy among more than 200 vendor booths at the show. Secondhand and show-price deals can be found on boats, boat parts, electronics, marine products, nautical gear, dock equipment, accessories and clothing for waterborne sports and recreation.
Parking is available at Coral Shores High School, MM 90, with free shuttle transportation to the flea market grounds.
Admission to the open-air event is free, although a $5 donation to a local scholarship fund is suggested. Money raised benefits the Upper Keys Rotary Foundation Scholarship fund.
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The National Marine Manufacturers Association is hosting the first U.S. pavilion at the Rio de Janeiro International Boat Show, which takes place April 25-May 2.
Exports to Brazil are on the rise, the NMMA said in a statement. NMMA members will have a cost-effective way to exhibit while being afforded the freedom to network and mingle while having a stand presence at the show.
Exhibiting establishes credibility in the marketplace. The opportunity to talk to prospects face to face offers a more accurate read on the market and is far more valuable than simply attending, the statement said. The registration deadline is Feb. 28.
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The Korea International Boat Show will take place May 30-June 2.
The NMMA said it is offering “generous incentives” to research the growing South Korean boating market firsthand.
“Now is the time to establish key contacts and position your company in this maturing market,” the NMMA said.
The early bird registration deadline is March 14.
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The International Boat Show & Festival in Sanya, Hainan, China, will run Oct. 17-20.
Although there are 39 boat shows in China, NMMA and the international marine industry associations have made a strategic decision to focus their efforts on this four-day event at the state-of-the-art Serenity Marina.
Located a short distance from Sanya, Hainan Island, the consumer show focuses on mid-range boats, displayed in the water and on land.
The early bird registration deadline is May 1.
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METS 2013 will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year from Nov. 19-21 at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre.
The Marine Equipment Trade Show is the world's largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and services for the international marine leisure industry. The annual event is organized by Amsterdam RAI in association with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations.
“The atmosphere has been brilliant, with high attendance levels reinforcing the fact that the concept of METS stands firm,” METS domain manager Irene Dros said in a statement. “There could have been no greater vote of confidence for our 25th anniversary event.”
NMMA pavilions at METS offer space for members and nonmembers. Early bird registration opened last month and ends Aug. 16.