It’s official… the International Boat Show is returning to Miami Beach after a six-year absence. Though announced earlier, Mayor Dan Gelber and executives from Informa Markets and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) inked the contract for the on-land portion of the event which will take place on President’s Day weekend 2022.
The event will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center along with activities and activations across three locations including One Herald Plaza, Sea Isle Marina, and Island Gardens Deep Harbour on Watson Island.
New: Plans to bring the “ultimate boat show experience” to Pride Park, the 5.8-acre green space adjacent to the Convention Center. Previously, the boat show held exhibits on the old surface parking lot. Now, organizers plan to use the newly converted park for special culinary experiences including “a menu of Miami’s finest dining establishments, live concerts and entertainment, and a first look at new product debuts,” according to a joint announcement from Informa and NMMA. “There will also be educational opportunities focusing on various conservation and sustainability topics pertinent to the boating and maritime industry.”
The event, created through a partnership with Informa and the NMMA announced earlier this year, unites the Miami International Boat Show, Miami Yacht Show, and Superyacht Miami under the Miami International Boat Show brand, making it the largest boating and yacht show in the world.
Mayor Dan Gelber said one of the things that made the last year of closures especially difficult for a city like Miami Beach is that the city is about gathering. “We like people to come here and celebrate” whether for a family reunion or a convention in the pursuit of shared interests.