Palm Beach Show attendance is up

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The 34th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, which featured $1.4 billion in boats and accessories, saw a more than 6.7 percent increase over last year.

“We’re pleased to report that the show continues its upward trend in attracting the world’s finest superyacht builders and boating brands, along with very qualified customers,” said Andrew Doole, president of Informa U.S. Boat Shows, in a statement. “Feedback from exhibitors, attendees and local businesses has been extremely positive.”

This year’s show had 50 percent more superyacht brands than in previous years, including vessels by Baglietto, Amels and Feadship.

“The Palm Beach International Boat Show has been a key venue for the development of the Pardo Yachts brand in the U.S.,” said Loredana Hernández, brand manager for Pardo Yachts. “The location, atmosphere and wonderful crowd that attend this show are like no other.”

“Princess Yachts was on fire, selling four of the new 85s, two 75s, a 78, S65, 88, and a few other boats,” said Tim Derrico, director of sales for HMY Yacht Sales. “Brokerage activity was very good with multiple deals. Viking Yachts activity was very good as well, with two deals so far and multiple deals working. The Palm Beach show has finally made it to the big time with boat buyers attending from all over the country.”

Through a charitable campaign in collaboration with Bennett Auto Supply, show producers Informa Exhibitions and the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, owners of the show, raised more than $22,000 for local charities.

Fans who purchased a $28 boat show ticket during the month of March at any local Bennett Auto Supply received a second ticket free, with proceeds donated equally to Loggerhead Marine Center and Sheridan House.