Possible date shift for 2019 Miami shows

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The Miami Yacht Show, shown here, is moving from its home on Collins Avenue to Biscayne Bay in 2019. Organizers of the show are working with Miami International Boat Show owners to decide whether to shift the dates of both shows next year; no decision has been made.

The Miami Yacht Show, shown here, is moving from its home on Collins Avenue to Biscayne Bay in 2019. Organizers of the show are working with Miami International Boat Show owners to decide whether to shift the dates of both shows next year; no decision has been made.

Organizers of the Miami International Boat Show and the Miami Yacht Show — which are separately owned, concurrently-running events — are deciding whether to change the shows’ dates.

The shows have traditionally kicked off on a Thursday and run through President’s Day Monday. Now organizers are collaborating to decide whether the shows will instead run Wednesday through Sunday.

No decision has been made.

Organizers of both shows say they hope to reach a decision and issue a joint statement regarding the shows’ dates by the end of the month.

“Informa and NMMA are discussing a wide range of cooperative efforts for 2019 and show dates is on the agenda for discussion,” National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich told Trade Only Today in an email. “When a decision is made, it will be a joint decision and we both intend that both shows will run over the same dates in 2019.”

The NMMA owns and operates the Miami International Boat Show, which is held at Virginia Key’s Miami Marine Stadium park and basin. The Miami Yacht Show is co-owned by London-based Informa — which bought its interest in the show when it purchased Show Management last year — and the International Yacht Brokers Association.

“Plans are still developing in several areas but one of the key areas is the dates of operation,” Informa corporate development executive vice president Ken McAvoy told Trade Only in an email.

“NMMA and Informa are in discussion on the date issue and plan to have the same date pattern for each event,” McAvoy said. “Currently we are speaking with our exhibitor base and try to get a consensus what is best for the combined events.”

Both groups emphasized that no decision has been made.

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