Miami International Boat Show: Boating = Big Business

Miami International Boat Show

See what’s new at the Greatest Boat Show in the World! Florida’s largest annual event spans three locations—the Miami Beach Convention Center, the New Yacht & Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina and Strictly Sail® at Miamarina at Bayside—and features more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors from all over the globe. There’s no better place to preview the new boating season!



Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show 2013 by the numbers:

  • 2,112: Number of exhibitors in 2012
  • 35%: Percentage of Florida-based exhibitors
  • 50: Number of exhibitors at the first Miami International Boat Show, held in 1941 under a tent at Miami’s Bayside Park
  • 100,917: Number of attendees in 2012
  • 45,000: Total number of people working the Miami International Boat Show, including exhibitors, contractors, facility staff, show employees, etc.
  • 200,000: Estimated number of hotel room nights booked for the Miami International Boat Show
  • 45%: Percentage of visitors who travel to the show outside of Florida
  • 110,000 +: Number of attendees expected in 2013
  • $817.8 million: Dollars the show generates annually in gross sales and wages in Florida
  • 9,030: Number of full-time jobs the show supports annually in Florida
  • 2,500+: Number of watercraft on display at the 2012 show
  • $1,500: Cost of least expensive powerboat at the 2012 show 
  • $2,700: Cost of least expensive sailboat at the 2012 show
  • $9.4M: Cost of most expensive powerboat at the 2012 show
  • $1.75M: Cost of most expensive sailboat at the 2012 show
  • 6 feet: Length of smallest powerboat in 2012
  • 12 feet: Length of smallest sailboat in 2012
  • 97 feet: Length of largest powerboat in 2012
  • 95 feet: Length of largest sailboat in 2012
  • 2.5 million sq. ft.: Gross amount of exhibition space at the Miami Beach Convention Center
  • 1 million sq. ft.:  Amount of carpet used at the Miami Beach Convention Center – enough to cover 20 football fields
  • 5 days: Length of time required to transform the Miami Beach Convention Center into the world’s premier boating event
  • 14 days: Length of time required for electricians to complete the show’s temporary power plant; a permanent installation with the same electrical requirements would require six months to build!!


Florida Fast Facts

  • Ranked #1 nationally in new powerboat, motor, trailer and accessory sales with $1,472,842,934 in 2011 – a 34.5% increase from 2008.
  • Ranked #1 nationally in boat registrations with 889,895 in 2011 – a -2.7% decrease from 2010.
  • There were 5,288 boating-related businesses in Florida in 2010, accounting for 28,372 total employees.
  • Florida was home to 198 boat builders in 2010, employing 9,901 people, as well as 716 boat dealers, with 5,768 employees.

Miami International Boat Show
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Norberto Moreau is co-founder of the Allied Management Ltd Consulting Group (Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Spain). The group and his associates have activities in Yachting, Properties, Events and Online Services.
Activity with own Projects (70%) / Consulting (30%).

Norberto Moreau is available for Consulting worldwide at Fairs, Regattas etc.

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