Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Detroit Boat Show and the Dubai International Boat Show.

The Detroit Boat Show is premiering boating products and accessories Feb. 16-24 at the Cobo Center.

More than 60,000 attendees are expected to fill the bigger show at the Cobo Center during its nine-day run.

“Boating is back,” show manager Nicki Polan said in a statement. “Nationwide the industry saw a 10 percent increase in powerboat sales in 2012, and we’re expecting another 10 percent increase in 2013.”

In Michigan, boating is a $3.9 billion industry, with nearly 1 million registered boats and 4 million active boaters.

The Detroit show is significantly larger than the last four years, moving to two halls and increasing the number of exhibitors and past exhibitors increasing square footage of their displays.

“More boats means more boat types and brands for buyers to see and purchase at the show,” Polan said in a statement. “The show offers boats of all types and for all budgets: cruisers, fishing boats, runabouts, pontoons, ski boats, personal watercraft, yachts and more for attendees to see and purchase.”

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The Dubai International Boat Show will take place March 5-9 in the United Arab Emirates and will feature more than 450 superyachts and leisure craft from around the world.

The Dubai show attracts more than 26,000 visitors annually. This year’s show includes Superyacht Boulevard, which will showcase “19 of the world’s most luxurious superyachts,” at least 33 world premieres and regional model launches, a Supercar Promenade, a Try-Out Zone, a Dive Middle East Exhibition and competitions with prizes that include tickets to the Cannes International Film Festival.

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