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Media creates positive buzz around MIBS

The docks were buzzing all weekend at this year’s Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show.

The docks were buzzing all weekend at this year’s Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show.

More than 400 members of the media from around the world attended the 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show providing local, national and international coverage of the event.

According to a statement from the NMMA, the coverage “spread awareness and boost attendance for the 2018 event, but also shed a broader light on the positive state of the recreational boating industry and benefits of spending time on the water.”

Media attendees included CNBC, which spent two days at the show, which resulted in multiple live shots and online coverage. Bloomberg News, USA Today represented national newspapers and other outlets included Univision, the Miami Herald and CBS News Miami. Below is a list of stories that originated at the show.


‘A Phenomenal Success’

The Southampton International Boat Show had more than 88,000 visitors during its 10-day run, after last year’s cancellation.

TopSide Marinas Makes First Two Acquisitions

Founded in January 2020, the firm has thus far acquired Beavers Bend Marina in Oklahoma and Galveston Yacht Basin in Texas.

Two Boosts for Boating and Fishing

MBIA’s Metro Boat show show draws a crowd, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expands boating and fishing opportunities.

Norwalk Boat Show Held This Weekend

The NMMA show runs through Sunday at Norwalk Cove Marina in Norwalk, Conn.

Raritan Expands Team

Patrick McNeel joins the New Jersey-based manufacturer as a marine equipment product developer.

Industry Mourns Walter “Bing” Burns O’Meara

The longtime publisher of Lakeland Boating magazine has died at 81.

NMMA Announces Hall of Fame Inductees

Regulator Marine’s Joan Maxwell and Bill Watters of Syntec Industries will be honored at IBEX.

Brunswick Acquires SemahTronix

The supplier of wiring harnesses and other electrical assemblies will be part of Brunswick’s growing Advanced Systems Group.