The reimagined Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show opens today.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association last year partnered with Informa Markets to create the first joint production of South Florida’s winter shows: the Miami International Boat Show, Miami Yacht Show and Superyacht Miami.
It’s also the first NMMA show boat show to be integrated with the Discover Boating brand.
MIBS returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center, as well as four additional locations across downtown Miami. The renovated convention center will showcase powerboats to 49 feet, engine manufacturers, accessories and electronics, as well as retail pavilions.
There also are four in-water locations. One Herald Plaza will display larger powerboats and motoryachts from 50 to 125 feet, along with tenders, engines and accessories. Sea Isle Marina will offer sea trials of more than 150 boats. Museum Park Marina will display sailboats, catamarans and sailing accessories. And IGY Yacht Haven Grande at Island Gardens will showcase SuperYacht Miami, with the show’s largest yachts.
The show offers such new elements as the Boat Show Experience, which includes the Nautical Ventures AquaZone; the Costa Conservation Village, which includes the Volvo Penta Sustainability Stage; the Electric Zone’s Products of Tomorrow showcasing electric propulsion systems, battery-powered boats and and other products; the Wake Sports Experience, with professionals from the competition circuit; and the Community Corner, where attendees can engage with clubs and associations dedicated to promoting marine stewardship and community involvement.
An Opening Night Industry Bash in Pride Park (next to the convention center) runs from 6:30 to 9:30 tonight and includes the premiere of Discover Boating’s “See You Out Here” campaign and live music.
During tomorrow’s Industry Breakfast, stakeholders will hear about trends in the recreational boating business and join in celebrating the latest innovations and innovators.
MIBS runs until Sunday, Feb. 20, and Trade Only Today will provide news from show.