The second annual Panama International Boat Show will be held May 29-31 at the Flamenco Marina on Flamenco Island in Panama.
Catering to boating enthusiasts from Panama and other countries in Central and South America, the show will feature impressive displays of boats in water and on land, marine accessories and services and high-end automobiles, organizers said.
Since the canal opened in 1914, Panama has been a strategic hub for commerce and is now becoming a center for the marine industry in Latin America.
"With the growth of marina communities in the area and the increase in waterfront homes, coupled with the enhancements at Flamenco Marina, this area's recreational boating community is poised for substantial growth," Flamenco Marina president Miguel Lopez Pineiro said in a statement.
Several noteworthy brands and dealers who are confirmed for this year's show include Azimut, Hatteras, Viking and Galati Yacht Sales.
"Building on the response to the inaugural show last year, we look forward to offering Latin Americans a fresh selection of boats and products that they otherwise might not be able to access locally," said Efrem "Skip" Zimbalist III, president of Show Management, the Fort Lauderdale-based company that organizes and produces the show. "The first step in buying, selling or building a boat is developing a relationship, and this boat show offers an excellent platform for Latin American buyers to meet and connect directly with many boat manufacturers and dealers."
Show Management and Soundings Trade Only are owned by Active Interest Media.
This year's show also will feature fishing clinics for children and adults. Taking place at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. on all show days inside an air-conditioned exhibit tent, seminar topics include rigging techniques, conservation and observer rules, all tailored to the regional Pacific waters.
The bilingual presentations will be hosted by experienced regional captains with helpful skills on knot tying, fish handling and equipment, fishing seasons and local fishing spots in Panama.
Panama has a population of about 3.7 million, a gross domestic product of $62 billion and an unemployment rate of 4 percent, and the growth of the country's business sector has been facilitated by openness to international trade and investment.
"As we continue to plan this year's show, we are thankful for the ongoing support of the Panama Ministry of Tourism and the Maritime Administration," Zimbalist added.
The show will be held noon to 9 p.m. on May 29 and 30, and from noon to 7 p.m. on May 31.