Miami International Boat Show Sails into Town

Miami International Boat Show Sails into Town

Miami International Boat Show Sails into TownFor the last 72 years, one of the world’s largest boat shows has been held annually in Miami. The Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show returns President’s Day Weekend, Feb. 14-18, 2013 – an event that draws more than 100,000 visitors from around the world to explore the best of boating, and generates big business in Florida and for the U.S. recreational boating industry.

This year’s Boat Show will not disappoint. Riding on the recent upturn in the U.S. recreational boating industry, which, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), saw as much as a 10 percent increase, Miami’s Boat Show will be part of the expected growth in 2013 of 5-10 additional percentage points. The first Boat Show of the season, held in New York, saw increased hiring and sales, a great indicator for the Miami showing in just a few weeks.

This year’s Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show will feature more than 2,000 local, national and international companies showcasing more than 3,000 of the newest boats, many making their world debuts, plus thousands of new gadgets, engines, gear and marine accessories. The Miami Boat Show occupies three locations, uses 2.5 million sq. ft of exhibition space at the Miami Beach Convention Center and 1 million sq. ft. of carpet – enough to cover 20 football fields!

It is not hard to understand why more than 100,000 attend the Miami Boat Show annually; the five-day show is an all-access pass to experience the boating lifestyle.

The show offers the opportunity not only to see the newest in boating technology, but also experience the boating lifestyle on-land and in-water. Experience complimentary onwater sailing and power boating classes through the Discover Boating Puts You at the Helm program, plus fun from deck to dock with free sailboat rides along the bay and live music to soak up boating lifestyle. There’s a boat for every budget and lifestyle. Boats of all shapes and sizes are for sale at some of the best deals of the year – from luxury motor and sailing yachts to sport fishers, family cruisers and performance boats. There are hundreds of hourly boating clinics for seasoned captains and new boaters covering sailing, big game fishing and Boating 101 from the top industry boating experts.

The Progressive Miami International Boat Show is a great event for all that participate. Moreover, it is a wonderful stimulus for the Miami Beach and Greater South Florida economy.The Miami Boat Show generates $817.8 million annually in gross sales and wages and supports more than 9,000 full-time jobs in Florida. Additionally, more than 45-percent of visitors that travel to the Miami Boat Show are from outside the state of Florida.

The Miami Boat Show will take place across three venues. At the Miami Beach Convention Center, located at 1901 Convention Center Drive in Miami Beach, where you can view boats and boating accessories for every activity and budget, experience the world’s premier sport fishing expo, the popular Big Game Room, celebrating its 10th year, enjoy the Dive & Travel Harbor, showcasing diving gear, travel resorts and boating destinations and meet celebrities, including History Channel/A&E’s Shark Wranglers Chris Fischer and Brett McBride. At the New Yacht & Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina, located at 1635 North Bayshore Drive in Miami, where you can see and board hundreds of new yachts and power boats in the water and take the helm at Discover Boating by the Recreational Powerboating Association (RPBA).

Finally, at Strictly Sail Miami at Miamarina at Bayside, located at 400 Biscayne Blvd. in Downtown Miami, you can enjoy touring the vast sailboats, shop for sailing gear and accessories and attend a variety of seminars and sailing features including a sailing simulator and free sail rides.

The Progressive Insurance Miami Boat Show is sure to impress. This year’s lineup will demonstrate everything the recreational boating industry has to offer, with hands-on activities so visitors can experience boating for themselves. See below for ticketing information and additional show information.

WHEN:

THURSDAY, FEB. 14 THROUGH MONDAY, FEB. 18, 2013

• Thursday, Feb. 14

(Premiere Thursday): 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

• Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

• Monday, Feb. 18: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

ADMISSION:

• Premiere Day (Feb. 14): $35

• Adults (16 and older): $20

•Five-day adult pass (Good all five days of the show): $85

•Two-day adult pass (valid Feb. 14-18): $35

• Youth 15 and under get in FREE (must be accompanied by an adult)

One ticket good for all sites (including free access to shuttle bus & water taxi)

Take advantage of $5 parking when you arrive before 9:30am ($10 from 9:30am until closing) to Sea Isle Marina. Ride the FREE Miami Trolley from the Convention Center to the New Yacht & Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina or Strictly Sail Miami at Miamarina at Bayside or take the complimentary water taxi to and from the show’s in-water locations.

Advance tickets can be purchased at www.MiamiBoatShow.com or www.StrictlySailMiami.com. Visitors can now preshop the show online at www.MiamiBoatShow.com or www.StrictlySailMiami.com and get up-to-theminute news at www.twitter.com/MiamiBoatShow and www.facebook.com/MiamiBoatShow.

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  1. Wonderful it brings revenue to Miami Beach .However with the shotgun aproach that the city council an Mayor has taken to the new construction of the convention center an hotel I say the city maybe in violation of the sunshine law . The city never anouncouce the first meeting Further more any construction in the area will bring serious problems to the neirboorhods around this area .