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U.S. selects Miami show for International Buyer Program

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced this week that the 2016 Miami International Boat Show has been selected for its International Buyer Program — the only boat show selected among 23 trade shows for next year.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s international team is working with the Commerce Department to recruit qualified business-to-business buyers from around the world in anticipation of the boat show, set to take place Feb. 11-15 at Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin in Miami.

This is the show’s fourth year participating in the program, which has grown from partnering with six countries in its first year to 25 this year.

“The International Trade Administration is excited to support the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show in 2016 at its new home, Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin, giving us an opportunity to help generate significant international business for U.S.-based companies,” Vidya Desai, acting director for the International Buyer Program, said in a statement.

“The Miami boat show highlights the recreational transportation sector and is an ideal setting for increasing U.S. exports of these products,” Desai said. “The boat show has generated millions of dollars in export sales for U.S. companies through the IBP and we look forward to working with the Miami boat show again.”

NMMA boat show vice president Cathy Rick-Joule said the association is also continuing to step up its outreach to international markets.

“We have increased the number of countries we’re working with through our international buyer program,” she said, with 25 participating — six more than last year.

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