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Record number of boats at PBIBS

The 2024 Palm Beach International Boat Show (PBIBS), featured a record-breaking number of vessels on display, making it the largest edition in the show’s history.

The four-day show, owned by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) and produced by Informa Markets saw a line-up of boat debuts from key industry players, including Ocean Alexander, Fraser Yachts, Pursuits, Sirena, and Horizon.

The show also saw the introduction of a new engine and marine equipment pavilion and the Superyacht Show Palm Beach had more than 200 superyachts on display throughout the show.

“We maintain our focus on enhancing the overall guest experience,” said Andrew Doole, president of U.S. Boat Shows with Informa Markets. “This includes dynamic activations like Nautical Ventures’ innovative in-water AquaZone presentation and a diverse array of educational seminars, including those by the Water Revolution Foundation highlighting sustainable boating options.”

Initiatives

The Palm Beach International Boat Show Gives Back programme gave a contribution of US $500,000 towards community enrichment initiatives.

The programme is funded through a portion of the show’s ticket sales, optional ticket price add-ons, and other boat show-related activities and supports projects that foster educational opportunities and enhance waterfront projects.

“The Palm Beach International Boat Show is not only an economic powerhouse but also a cherished tradition within our community,” added Alyssa Freeman, executive director of MIAPBC. “Through initiatives like the Palm Beach International Boat Show Gives Back program, we reaffirm our commitment to enriching lives and fostering growth across the industry and throughout key community institutions that impact the everyday lives of West Palm Beach residents.”

Andrew concluded: “We are grateful for the support and enthusiasm that the West Palm Beach community, county and city officials, and residents show us year after year. It is the steadfast backing that fuels the success of the boat show making it a highlight for boating enthusiasts and industry professionals alike.”

The next PBIBS will take place from March 20 – 23 2025.

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