More Than 100,000 Visitors Are Expected During President’s Day WeekendFebruary 6, 2019
More than 100,000 from around the world are expected to visit Miami during President’s Day Weekend for the the 78th anniversary of the Miami International Boat Show (MIBS) 14-19 and the Miami Yacht Show.
Miami International Boat Show
The MIBS, which will take place from Feb 14 to 19, moved to the former Miami Marine Stadium on Key Biscayne two years ago, and it transformed almost overnight into a world-class, on-water show. More than 1,300 boats are on display from 170 builders from the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
What began under one tent with 50 boats on display is now a showcase of more than 1,400 boats on land and in water, ranging from 10-90 feet, with over 1,100 exhibitors. The economic impact alone is an estimated $854 million to the local and state economy.
In order to minimize disruption to nearby Key Biscayne, the boat show is bringing in a fleet of water taxis from Fort Lauderdale, which are expected to complete about 49,000 trips from pick-up sites, Ms. Rick-Joule told authority directors. There will also be park-and-ride shuttle buses to transport guests, she added.
Miami Yacht Show
The Miami Yacht Show is scheduled for February 14 to 18 in 2019 at its new location in Biscayne Bay between the Venetian and MacArthur causeways, which is just north of downtown Miami. The new venue is closer to superyacht-lovers’ Superyacht Miami at Island Gardens Deep Harbour marina on Watson Island, which hosts the show’s large yachts—up to 500 feet.
Show organizers expect more than 500 boats and yachts, additional parking and on-land exhibit space, and a new AquaZone, where guests will find demos from Flyboard, SeaBob, Rover Boat Board, underwater drones, and more. Be sure to check out the luxury automobiles, private jets, and art on display, as well.
Guests who prefer traveling as a VIP have the option of buying the VIP Experience package ($150), which includes show entry, access to the VIP lounge, and transportation to Superyacht Miami. Don’t underestimate the VIP lounge—this is where you go to get out of the sun, take advantage of the open bar and hors d’oeuvres, and take in the happy-hour events.