This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Charleston Boat Show, the Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail Miami and JEC Americas.
The 31st annual Charleston (S.C.) Boat Show, presented by Mercury Marine, will be held Jan. 21-23 at the North Charleston Convention Center.
The Charleston Boat Show is the area's largest boat show, featuring the latest models, many offered at discount prices. The region's leading dealers will be there to showcase powerboats, including sport cruisers, motor and express yachts, sportfishing boats, center console fishing boats, bass boats, bowriders, deckboats and aluminum boats, runabouts, bay boats, shallow water flat skiffs and family cruisers.
Exhibitors will feature marine and fishing products, including fishing tackle and accessories, marine electronics, boat lifts, dock systems, marine finance and insurance and nautical jewelry and artwork.
New features of the show include a Coastal Fishing Expo, pirate shows and other events for children, and The Fishing Simulator.
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The National Marine Manufacturers Association is launching a new program -Dealer Connections - at the 2011 Miami international Boat Show and Strictly Sail Miami, which runs Feb. 17-21.
The initiative was created to bring dealers and manufacturers together to forge new relationships and build business. This exclusive opportunity will allow dealers to meet with top decision makers from leading brands and schedule meetings with manufacturers with new appointment software.
"The Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail brings together key leaders from across the recreational boating industry, making it the ideal location for our new Dealer Connections program," NMMA president Thom Dammrich said in a statement. "Dealer Connections will give dealers and manufacturers a rare opportunity to create new business relationships and position themselves for growth."
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The JEC Group created JEC Americas, which will take place Nov. 7-9, 2012, at the Boston Convention Center.
"After Europe and Asia, we were asked by the industrial sector to bring the JEC Show and the Composites Summit I.I.C.S. to America," said Frédérique Mutel, JEC president and CEO, in a statement.
"The American market is very important. According to JEC's analysis, the composites sector represents in value a worldwide market of around $77.4 billion," Mutel added.
JEC is co-locating the show with the Industrial Fabrics Association International's show.
"Composites are a critical innovative product segment for specialty fabrics. We have tremendous respect for JEC in the leadership they provide for the composites industry," said Stephen Warner, president and CEO of the Industrial Fabrics Association, in a statement. "This unique gathering in 2012 allows a blending within the specialty fabrics/composites value chain-material producers, equipment manufacturers, end-product fabricators and composite users."