The National Marine Manufacturers Association, Informa Markets and the City of Miami Beach held a press event for the official contract signing ceremony of the joint Miami International Boat Show, scheduled for Feb. 16-22, 2022.
The in-water events will be centered in downtown Miami at Sea Isle Marina, One Herald Plaza and Island Gardens Deep Harbour on Watson Island. The portion of the show that’s off the water will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
“The City of Miami Beach is so pleased to welcome back the Miami International Boat Show to its home at the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center, where it took place for more than 30 years,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber in a statement. “The return of the event to the top-of-the-line venue is a testament to the investment our community has made to make the convention center a superior meeting place that will bring positive economic impact to the city’s businesses and residents.”
The Miami International Boat Show and Miami Yacht Show generated a combined estimated annual economic impact of $1.34 billion, according to organizers.
Pride Park, Miami Beach’s newest park — named in support of the city’s LGBTQ+ community as well as to promote civic pride — will be part of the overall boat show experience, featuring food vendors, live music, new product debuts and educational events focusing on maritime conservation and sustainability.
“For 80 years, the Miami International Boat Show has served as the recreational boating industry’s flagship event for nearly 100,000 people across the globe,” said NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer. “Our plan for 2022 will build on that legacy to offer new and exciting components such as the Pride Park activation and an upgraded on-land exhibition at the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center.”
Informa Markets president of South Florida ventures Ken McAvoy added: “We are so grateful to the City of Miami Beach and the Miami Beach Convention Center for working diligently to facilitate the agreement for the use of both the convention center and Pride Park. The result is the creation of the world’s largest boat and yacht show right here in Miami Beach. This is an enormous win for the trade show industry, the community of boating and yachting enthusiasts, and for our home here in South Florida.”