100,000 visitors expected to attend this year’s Miami International Boat Show

MIAMI – The 78th annual Miami International Boat Show is just one of many marquee events held over the weekend of President’s Day, making it one of the most touristy weekends in the Magic City.

“For the shipping industry, this is the Super Bowl. This is the largest collection of recreational boats in the world,” said Larry Berryman, director of the Miami International Boat Show. “We have 1,400 at this location alone, and if you sum up what’s going on at the Miami Yacht Show, there are another 500 or 600 there – 2,000 boats on display over a weekend.”

The Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show has moved to a larger venue at One Herald Plaza.

“The excitement is logistical that it’s so much easier to get back and forth between the two shows. For many of them, they have boats in both locations. So it’s great to be so close together, ”said Yacht World PR Manager Rudy Tomarchio.

And let’s not forget the 56th annual Coconut Grove Art Festival. This year 119 new artists will take part in this juried show with 380 artists.

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The eighth annual Art Wynwood Fair may be the young upstart, but much like its namesake in the neighborhood, it’s gaining popularity.

Back to the Boat Show, there are new ways to get to the Miami Marine Stadium location.

“You can use the Brightline and have a shuttle bus pick you up. If you’re near the American Airlines Arena or Bayfront Park, you can take a free water taxi,” Berryman said.

Park and ride spaces on the key should be reserved online in advance as 100,000 people from around the world are expected.

“We have an economic factor of about 850 million US dollars for South Florida in view,” said Berryman. “That’s enormous. That’s two and a half Super Bowls every year.”

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