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Organizers prepare for Palm Beach show

The annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, now in its 28th year, returns to South Florida in less than two weeks with more than $1 billion worth of yachts and accessories, according to producer Show Management.

From March 21-24, buyers and sellers from around the world will gather along scenic Lake Worth Lagoon overlooking Palm Beach, where hundreds of boats ranging from inflatables and center consoles to fishing boats and superyachts topping 200 feet will be on display.

An economic impact study done after the 2012 show, commissioned by show owner and sponsor the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and Show Management, calculated that its economic impact on the state of Florida was $91.6 million, generating $2.8 million in state excise and sales taxes.

Show organizers are adding new features to the 2013 Palm Beach show.

This year, attendees are invited to submit their best Instagram photos while attending the show by tagging them with #PalmBeachBoatShow, whichenters them to win a one-year subscription to any of the following AIM Marine Media publications: PassageMaker; Power & Motoryacht; Soundings; Soundings Trade Only; or Yachts International.

Photos tagged with the word #PalmBeachBoatShow will automatically be uploaded to the show’s Facebook page. The top five photos with the most likes will have a chance to pick their magazine of choice for a free one-year subscription. Photos posted to the show’s Facebook page also will be accepted.

New show attractions this year include a Zeki Swimwear fashion show on March 22 and 23 at 4:30 p.m.; and live musical entertainment by the Captain Harry band on the Meyer Amphitheatre stage.

Other events and educational activities include IGFA School of Sportfishing seminars and youth fishing clinics presented by the non-profit Hook The Future, open to children ages 4 to 16. The first 50 children will receive a free rod/reel set and a commemorative T-shirt.

In addition to land access and parking in West Palm Beach within walking distance of the show, guests also are invited to come by boat and tie up at the free Come-by-Boat docks located south of the in-water displays.

Navigating the 28th edition of the show will be aided by recent enhancements to the MyBoatShow smartphone app designed to help navigate the show's docks, land area tents and transportation.

For more information, including parking and transportation maps, visit ShowManagement.com or call (954) 764-7642 or (800) 940-7642.

Follow the show on Twitter at twitter.com/boatshowupdates, tune in to Boat Show TV at youtube.com/showmanagement and like the show on Facebook at facebook.com/PalmBeachInternationalBoatShow.

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