27th Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show Signals Marine Industry Growth

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Mar 15, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) —
Following a successful Yacht Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, where boat
builders and brokers reported the return of qualified buyers and
impressively strong February sales, the 27th Annual Palm Beach
International Boat Show is on track for an equally impressive
performance. The spectacular yachting event takes place March 22 through
March 25 along scenic Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach and will feature
hundreds of boats ranging from small inflatables and center consoles to
fishing boats and super-yachts over 150 feet.

With the addition of 40 in-water slips at Palm Harbor Marina at the
show’s north end, this year’s event will feature more mega-yachts than
in years past, in addition to a larger number of smaller boats in the
expanded land display area.

“This is looking to be a very strong show,” said Dane Graziano, senior
vice president and COO of Show Management. “Exhibitor feedback from The
Yacht Brokerage Show in Miami Beach was very positive and we expect
Palm Beach to follow suit.”

The 27th Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show transforms downtown
West Palm Beach into a total showcase of the boating lifestyle. One of
the top ten boat shows in the nation, the show features more than $350
million worth of boats, yachts and accessories from the world’s leading
marine manufacturers.

TrawlerPort

New to this year’s show is TrawlerPort, a show-within-a-show.
TrawlerPort will offer an impressive display of the long-range cruisers
called Trawlers, offered in lengths ranging from 35 to 90 feet and built
for long-term cruising of regional and worldwide destinations.

MyBoatShow App

Also new this year is MyBoatShow, the show’s new smartphone app. The
free app, available on iPhone, iPad and Android platforms, is designed
to help navigate the show’s docks, land areas and tents. Attendees can
access show maps and search for exhibitors, manufacturers, product
categories and boats by specifications and size. The app also provides
the show schedule, seminar information, maps, food and drink locations,
restroom locations and emergency services.

Activities for All Ages

In addition to the wide selection of watercraft, marine accessories,
refreshments and live musical entertainment, the show offers special
events and educational activities for boaters of all ages. The
International Game Fish Association School of Sportfishing will present
“mini-sessions” throughout the show with some of the area’s best
captains and professional anglers, who will share sportfishing’s hottest
tips and tricks. Hook The Future’s Kids Fishing Clinics, for little
anglers ages four to 16, takes place Saturday, March 24 and Sunday,
March 25 at noon and 2 p.m.

Parking, Transportation and Come-by-Boat Docks

Show entrances are located on Flagler Drive at Evernia Street and at
North Clematis Street. Various municipal parking garages and privately
operated lots are located throughout downtown West Palm Beach, most of
which are within walking distance of the show. For parking and
transportation maps, visit ShowManagement.com.
Guests are also invited to come by boat and may tie up to the free
Come-by-Boat docks located south of the in-water displays.

Sponsors

The Palm Beach International Boat Show is owned and sponsored by the
Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc., presented by
Lincoln and Palm Harbor Marina, and sponsored by Pioneer Linens, Rums of
Puerto Rico, Yachts International, BoatQuest.com, The Palm Beach Post,
Budweiser, TrawlerPort, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the Florida Lottery, Hook
the Future, IGFA School of Sportfishing, Smallwood’s, Power
Motoryacht, and BoatShowHotels.com.

About Show Management

The Palm Beach International Boat Show is managed and produced by Show
Management. Show Management is the world’s leading boat show company and
produces the world famous Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show(R), The
Yacht Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, Palm Beach International Boat
Show, St. Petersburg Power Sailboat Show and Suncoast Boat Show in
Sarasota. For more information, call (800) 940-7642, or visit ShowManagement.com.
Like the Palm Beach International Boat Show on Facebook at
facebook.com/PalmBeachInternationalBoatShow, follow the show on Twitter
at twitter.com/boatshowupdates and tune
into Boat Show TV at youtube.com/showmanagement.

SOURCE: Show Management



        
        For Show Management 
        Daniel Grant, 954-776-1999 Ext. 235 
        dgrant@piersongrant.com
        


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