Get ready to set sail for the 2023 Palm Beach International Boat Show! Owned by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) and produced by Informa Markets, the 41st annual Palm Beach International Boat Show will take place Thursday, March 23 through Sunday, March 26. The event will be held along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach, located directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from the island of Palm Beach. Tickets are available for purchase now through March 26.
“As the proud owners of the Palm Beach International Boat Show, we are thrilled about the new things to do and see at the boat show this year,” said Alyssa Freeman, executive director of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County. “MIAPBC is grateful for the longtime community support and its partnership with Informa Markets, which has created a first-class boat show with more than a $1 billion economic impact.”
This year’s boat show will feature new and exciting activities that will provide visitors, exhibitors, and the entire West Palm Beach community with a memorable weekend. The 2023 event will showcase hundreds of boats ranging from 8-foot inflatables to superyachts nearly 300 feet in length. Among this year’s notable debuts is the 92-year-old Honey Fitz, a prestigious, 93-foot wooden yacht that has been used by five U.S. presidents: Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and – most notably – President John F. Kennedy. Also making its debut is the latest in yachting from Benetti, showcasing the M/Y “Calex,” a bespoke, 220-foot yacht with a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure. Nautical Ventures will also debut several products ranging from the innovative Axopar 45 XC to the Windy SR44 SX.
“As we round out the 2023 winter boat show season, we are excited to return to downtown West Palm Beach to celebrate the 41stannual Palm Beach International Boat Show,” said Andrew Doole, president of U.S. Boat Shows with Informa Markets. “From the fan favorite AquaZone to the Windward VIP Club, this year’s boat show will bring incredible fun and relaxation for the whole family to enjoy.”
Activities throughout the show will cater to people of all ages who are adventure seekers and passionate about the marine and yachting industry. These one-of-a-kind experiences include:
VIP Treatment at the Windward VIP Club and Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary (PBM+C) Art Fair: Enjoy a premium open bar, gourmet food, and sponsorship pop-up activations in a unique indoor/outdoor lounge setting. The Windward VIP Club also includes one-day general admission to the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair, as part of Informa Markets’ Art Miami division.
The AquaZone by Nautical Ventures: This exciting and engaging attraction is designed to give showgoers an up-close and personal experience with various watersports and innovative marine products.
COX Science Center and Aquarium STEM Activity Station: The Center will be hosting hands-on, educational activities at their on-site booth such as a solar boat activity pool, a sunscreen challenge, fish and coral memory cards, and an interactive “shark senses” demo.
NY Concours at Palm Beach: Purchase a Windward VIP Club/NY Concours Bundle ticket to enjoy an open bar and delicious canapés, while viewing rarely seen classic and exotic cars, and a special surprise by Lotus.
Kids’ Fishing Clinics by Hook the Future: For aspiring anglers ages 4 to 16, the Kids’ Fishing Clinics offer instruction on basic fishing techniques. Hosted by Captain Don Dingman.
Guests can enjoy one-day, two-day, and Windward VIP Club ticket options. Tickets are digital only and are valid Thursday through Sunday. Children age 5 and younger are free to enter if accompanied by an adult, and guests must be age 21 or older to access the Windward VIP Club.
Children (6+) – General Admission One-Day Ticket: $16
Adult – General Admission One-Day Ticket: $31
Adult – General Admission Two-Day Ticket: $56
Adult Windward VIP Club One-Day Ticket: $370
Adult Windward VIP Club/NY Concours One-Day Bundle Ticket: $520
Children age 15 and younger, and active military and veterans, will receive complimentary general admission on Sunday, March 26. The show runs from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 23; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Friday, March 24 through Saturday, March 25; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 26.
Boat Show Gives Back
The Palm Beach International Boat Show has introduced a new grant program: Palm Beach International Boat Show Gives Back. The program will support ocean education and conservation by bringing marine and environmental educational programs, services, and projects to those in the community who need them most. Ticket sales, donations, and other boat show-related activities will have a direct, positive impact on the area and the public. The MIAPBC hopes visitors will help make a difference in our community by adding donations to their ticket purchases.
Social media fans can connect with @PBBoatShow on Instagram and Twitter, @PalmBeachInternationalBoatShow on Facebook, @InformaBoatShows on YouTube, and tag the show with #PBIBS to join the conversation online. For more information on activities, boats on display, exhibitors, transportation, and parking, visit www.pbboatshow.com.
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About the Palm Beach International Boat Show (PBIBS)
The Palm Beach International Boat Show is owned by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and produced by Informa Markets. Since 1982, the boat show has grown to occupy a dominant position in South Florida as both a leader in the boating and marine industry, and as an economic engine to the West Palm Beach community and the tri-county area. An analysis of the boat show from 2022 showed that the event has an estimated total statewide economic impact of more than $1.05 billion. With over 55,000 visitors attending the show in previous years, this has contributed to more than $725 million in total sales resulting from the event. The 2023 event will feature exciting sponsors such as Related Companies, Douglas Elliman, and Anheuser-Busch, among others. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.pbboatshow.com.
About Informa Markets
Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate, and grow. We provide marketplace participants around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience, and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, targeted digital services, and actionable data solutions. We connect buyers and sellers across more than a dozen global verticals, including Boating, Pharmaceuticals, Food, Fashion, and Infrastructure. As the world’s leading market-making company, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year. For more information, please visit www.informamarkets.com.
About the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County
The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. (MIAPBC) is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1986. Their mission is to promote and protect the sound growth of the marine industry in Palm Beach County for the benefit and education of its members, the community, and the environment. The MIAPBC brings the community two annual signature events: the Palm Beach International Boat Show and the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade. MIAPBC supports more than 40 local marine-related events and nonprofits that protect and promote the marine industry in Palm Beach County and beyond, with a portion providing scholarships to deserving students. Since its inception, the MIAPBC has donated over $2.5 million to local nonprofit organizations and scholarship candidates.
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