Miami Boat Show: The place to be with the entire country in the COLD.
The Miami Boat Show first started in 1941. What started as a small show of 50 boats under one tent is now recognized as one of the largest boat shows in the world. With more than 1,200 new boats on display, including newest boating technologies, gear, accessories and more than 100,000 people traveling from around the world, the Miami Boat Show is projected to bring 800+million of revenue to South Florida. It’s where 1,000 marine businesses — hundreds of which have operations in South Florida — are expected to ink $60 million in deals, according to organizers. Being that the Boat Show is located on Rickenbacker Causeway with one road in and out of the show means traveling to and from the show would be a planned affair.
Getting to the Miami Boat Show has become easier using water transportation such as Water Taxi. A south Florida company, Biscayne Lady Yacht Charters, has been providing convenient and reliable Water Taxi between 8 AM – 7 PM during the Miami Boat Show which offers transportation for 60,000 attendees. The Water Taxi is a great way to alleviate traffic stress and avoid Miami traffic. Aiding in the improved transportation experience was the boat show’s partnership with RaftUp Technologies, which included the new ‘Miami Connections’ app, powered by RaftUp, and onsite transportation screens that provided arrival and departure updates for water taxis. More than 5,000 attendees downloaded the app in the first year, with an average of 2,000 daily active users during show days!
Free Water Taxi pickup and drop off points include:
- American Airlines Arena
- Dinner Key Marina, Coconut Grove (no vehicle parking available) – hub for Sonesta Beach Hotel and all Coconut Grove hotels
- Hyatt Regency Miami, Downtown – also services Epic and JW Marriott Marquis
- Intercontinental/Bayfront Park, Downtown (Strictly Sail Miami pickup/drop-off point)
- Miami Beach, Purdy Boat Ramp (at 18th St. and Purdy Ave.) (Note there is no vehicle parking available) – hub for Miami Beach hotels
- Miami Marriott, Biscayne Bay – also serves the Hilton Downtown and Omni Hotel
- Viceroy Hotel, Brickell – hub for all Brickell area hotels
Additional show enhancements include more onsite restaurants and grab-and-go items from food and beverage provider Great Performances; more restrooms including new custom-made restroom trailers; and ticketing improvements including the addition of separate entryways for exhibitors and attendees to help make entry into the show more efficient.
Show highlights for 2019 included the new Costa Conservation Village as part of several site-wide initiatives introduced to enhance and encourage conservation. The Miami Boat Show also partnered with Costa’s Kick Plastic program to continue to reduce the use of plastic onsite. As part of the effort, filtered watered stations were offered at key points around the show, and Costa reusable water containers were offered for sale at the show. Attendees embraced the program, and it’s estimated the equivalent of 83,500 single-use plastic water bottles were dispensed into reusable containers during the five-day show.
For more information and to exhibit next year, visit MiamiBoatShow.com. The 2020 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show is scheduled for February 13-17, 2020.