WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (March 30, 2017) - The 32nd annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, which ran from March 23-26, wrapped up with positive reviews from organizers and exhibitors, both citing docks and exhibit tents filled with enthusiastic attendees on all show days.
This year’s display of boats was the largest in the show’s 32-year history. The total number of boats in-water increased over the 2016 show, with the most dramatic growth seen in the 80-to-100-foot category. Overall attendance to the show also exceeded 2016.
“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,” said Andrew Doole, senior vice president and COO of Show Management, the company that manages and produces the show.
Ranked among the top five yachting events in the world, the show featured more than $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,” said 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.”
The show continues to earn recognition from renowned European shipyards for its audience of wealthy buyers drawn to Palm Beach during the fashionable winter season. This year’s event featured a prestigious line-up of new yacht builders including Amels, Feadship, Heesen, Moonen and Palumbo in a new “Superyacht Villas” section at the center of the show.
“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,” said Sara Gioanola, public relations manager for Heesen Yachts.
In addition to the large selection of boats and exhibits, the show offered engaging educational activities, including free youth fishing clinics by Hook The Future, IGFA School of Sportfishing seminars, long-range cruising clinics and on-the-water boat handling classes.
The show’s famous floating cocktail lounges and “come by boat” dock were abuzz with activity.
“This year was better than ever before, with huge happy crowds enjoying the show and making memories,” said Capt. Don Dingman, founder of Hook The Future. “There were lots of future fishermen with their families who turned out for the clinics. It was great to see so many new families eager to learn the basics about fishing, as well as kids who have attended our clinics in the past.”
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 Goslings, Palm Harbor Marina, Smallwood’s Yachtwear, The Palm Beach Post, Budweiser and Yachting Pages. For more information visit ShowManagement.com.
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 U.S., London-based Informa currently delivers 200 industry events annually, including the Monaco Yacht Show. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: INF.L) and is a member of the FTSE 100.