Show Management, organizer of the 32nd annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, which took place in late March in Palm Beach, Florida, reports higher attendance than last year and record dealer participation.
This year’s in-water boat display was the largest in the show’s 32-year history, increasing by six percent over the 2016 show. The most dramatic growth took place in the 80-to-100-foot category, up 17 percent. Overall attendance exceeded 2016 by 14 percent.
“Year over year, this show continues to grow in exhibitor participation and guest attendance, which speaks to both the strength of the boating industry and the unique, global appeal of Palm Beach as its location,” says Andrew Doole, Senior Vice President and COO of Show Management.
The show featured more than US $1.2 billion worth of yachts and accessories, including hundreds of boats ranging from small inflatables and tenders, center consoles and sportfishers to some of the largest yachts in the world. All categories reported robust interest from qualified buyers.
“We saw increased traffic at this year’s show and positive activity between brokers and clients,” says Mike Busacca, Chief Operating Officer of Fraser Yachts. “Overall, the show atmosphere was optimistic and was a good showcase for us heading into the summer season.”
Show Management says the show continues to earn recognition from European shipyards for its audience of wealthy buyers drawn to Palm Beach during the winter season. This year’s event featured several new yacht builders, including Amels, Feadship, Heesen and Moonen in the show’s new ‘Superyacht Villas’ section.
“The Palm Beach International Boat Show was a great experience. We really appreciated the quality of the visitors as well as the international press attendance. We believe this show is a fantastic display opportunity,” says Sara Gioanola, Public Relations Manager for Heesen Yachts.
In March 2017, Show Management was purchased by Informa plc, a global business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events company. With a strategic plan to expand its Global Exhibitions business in the US, London-based Informa currently delivers 200 industry events annually, including the Monaco Yacht Show.
The 2017 Palm Beach International Boat Show is owned and presented by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. (MIAPBC), managed and produced by Show Management, and sponsored by Budweiser, Goslings, Palm Harbor Marina, Smallwood’s Yachtwear, the Palm Beach Post and Yachting Pages.