The Miami International Boat Show is releasing more details to upgrades planned for 2017, including a new yacht and “VIP experience,” an expanded in-water section, and beefed up transportation.
The show will feature more than 100 new yachts and attendees seeking VIP treatment will access live music, concierge services, VIP parking, and an on-water VIP lounge aboard the 111-foot Biscayne Lady.
Show owners National Marine Manufacturers Association anticipate more than 1,300 new boats on display with more new model debuts than last year.
The number of boats in the water is expanding 35 percent to an estimated 550 boats and yachts.
The Miami Boat Show is partnering with the Miami Open Tournament caterer, Great Performances, to feature a variety of new dining options.
Great Performances is expanding its relationships with Miami favorites such as The Knife Steakhouse, Latin Café, Puntino Pizza and Sushi Maki to establish on-site eateries, in addition to operating its own proprietary concepts. Exhibitor catering options will be enhanced this year with details coming soon.
Strictly Sail Miami, docking again at Miamarina at Bayside, will feature approximately 130 sailboats, a large selection of sailing and power catamarans, dozens of daily seminars, and the newest sailing gear.
Visitors to the Miami Boat Show can access Strictly Sail Miami by free water taxis or shuttle buses, running until 7 p.m. daily.
An estimated 80 percent of attendees parked at designated offsite locations and traveled to the show via shuttle bus or water taxi.
Due to demand and the popularity of the show’s park-and-ride options, factoring in learnings from the first year at Miami Marine Stadium, the show has improved its transportation plan.
The number of water taxis will increase by more than 47 percent in 2017. In addition, the capacity of water taxis will increase, holding from 50 to 350 people, larger than most of the water taxis used during the 2016 show.
Water taxi pick-up and drop-off locations will be streamlined from seven to four — American Airlines Arena, the Hyatt in downtown Miami, the W Hotel (formerly Viceroy) in downtown Miami on Brickell, and Bayfront Park (Strictly Sail location) — to meet the high demand for water transportation. More and larger water taxis concentrated on fewer routes will provide frequent service to and from the Show.
Dozens of shuttle buses will circulate at all times from fewer locations than in 2016. There are four departure locations throughout downtown Miami — Marlins Park, American Airlines Arena, the Hyatt in downtown Miami, and Bayfront Park (Strictly Sail location).
An expanded shuttle service will also run between the Miami Boat Show and the Yachts Miami Beach show on Collins Avenue. Yachts Miami Beach runs concurrently with the Miami International Boat Show but they are separately owned and operated.
There will be new mini buses transporting show goers to and from parking on Virginia Key that will now operate with a direct route to and from the show’s front entrance rather than looping around the entire Rickenbacker Causeway.
An estimated 10,000 parking spaces will again be available for show attendees in downtown Miami with access to water taxis and shuttle buses. Downtown lots include Marlins Park and American Airlines Arena. Guests can reserve parking ahead of time at MiamiBoatShow.com.
Parking on Virginia Key will again be available and can be reserved and prepaid in advance at MiamiBoatShow.com. Parking on Virginia Key will be designated in four key lots with general parking, exhibitor parking, new VIP and handicapped parking at the Miami Seaquarium, and valet parking near Whiskey Joe’s.
The Miami Boat Show provides a selection of hotels through OnPeak — whether it’s luxury, resort-style, or urban retreat, exhibitors are encouraged to book their hotel now at MiamiBoatShow.com.