Informa Exhibitions signs 10-year Palm Beach show agreement


Informa Exhibitions said it has signed a 10-year agreement with the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County Inc. and the city of West Palm Beach to continue producing the annual Palm Beach International Boat Show.

Organizers said the show, now in its 33rd year, is ranked highly among the top 10 yachting events in the world. It takes place every March along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach, directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm Beach Island.

Owned and presented by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and managed and produced by Informa Exhibitions, the show features hundreds of boats and yachts, ranging from small inflatables and tenders to sportfishers and superyachts, as well as a full array of the latest marine accessories.

"The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County is very pleased to continue its longstanding relationships with the city of West Palm Beach and Yachting Promotions Inc., now part of Informa Exhibitions, extending its lease and agreement for the Palm Beach International Boat Show," Michael Kennedy, president of the MIAPBC’s board of directors, said in a statement.

"Our boat show not only showcases our industry, but also supports many local businesses, ranging from small family businesses to large boatbuilders, megayacht service centers and marinas. The show allows the MIAPBC to advance the industry's interests and support over 50 local events and charities."

Earlier this year, London-based Informa PLC purchased Yachting Promotions Inc., the company that has managed and produced the Palm Beach show since 1995. Informa Exhibitions delivers 225 industry events across the world annually.

"Working in partnership with the city of West Palm Beach and the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, we look forward to building upon the global stature of this extraordinary boat show and assuring its long-term success," said Charlie McCurdy, CEO of Informa Exhibitions.

"The show's annual growth speaks, in part, to the unique, global appeal of Palm Beach, which makes it the show of choice for many boat and yacht owners. We are committed to working with all stakeholders involved, including exhibitors, attendees, hoteliers and the community, in ways that deliver a truly superior overall experience. "

The 33rd annual Palm Beach show will be held March 22-25, 2018.