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By the Numbers - A Closeup Look at the 2019 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show

12/6/2018 12:00:00 AM

Boat Show Fast Facts

  • The Miami Boat Show celebrates its 78th anniversary in 2019, happening Feb. 14-18
  • The Miami Boat Show began in 1941 under one tent with 50 boats and is now home to a showcase of more than 1,400 boats on-land and in-water, ranging from 10’-90’
  • The Miami Boat Show spans 90 acres at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, and is home to 1,100 exhibitors
  • 100,000 attendees visit the Miami Boat Show annually
  • More than 500 marine accessory vendors showcase thousands of products
  • 25,000 attendees travel via water taxi during the boat show
  • The Miami Boat Show hosts more than 2,500 VIP’s over five days
  • Demo docks feature 200 + vessels available for sea trials

Economic impact:

  • The Miami Boat Show has a substantial economic impact – greater than two and a half Super Bowls – delivering an estimated $854 million to Miami and the state of Florida each year
  • The Miami Boat Show supports more than 6,000 full-time jobs
  • $53 million economic impact from out-of-town travelers
  • Visitors from 35 countries attend the show, from the following top markets:
    • Stateside: Texas, New York, Georgia, North Carolina, California, Michigan, Virginia, New Jersey, South Carolina, Illinois, Maine, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Ohio, and Wisconsin
    • International: Canada, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, England, South Africa, Argentina, Sweden, Japan, France, UAE, Costa Rica, Italy, and Chile

Fun Facts

  • Over 450,000 ft. of temporary electrical cabling used for the Show’s floating docks
  • Get your steps walking the show’s 3.5 miles of docks – the span of 12 football fields!
  • A quarter of a million feet of extension cords!
  • Over 2,000 LED lights illuminating the tents
  • 8 ½ miles of carpet is used for the exhibitions
Food and beverage
  • More than 150 food and beverage options are available at various dining experiences throughout the show, including food carts, food trucks, food tents and onsite restaurants 
  • Nearly 2,500 glasses of champagne poured
  • 31,173 LBS. of Beef, Chicken and Salmon used for the show’s food services
  • More than 10,000 hot dogs and orders of French fries ordered
  • 20,000 burgers and sandwiches sold at the show
  • Nearly 3,500 empanadas sold at the show

The Boat Show’s Going Greener in 2019

  • The new Conservation Village features exhibitors and daily educational offerings for attendees on how to be more marine eco-friendly
  • Reusable water containers are on sale at the show and unfiltered water stations have been added to the show site, in partnership with Costa Del Mar
  • Removal of straws site wide
  • Zero Styrofoam on premises (for the 3rd year in a row!)
  • Renewable and plant-based coffee cups, sleeves, and recyclable lids distributed throughout the show (from Green Ware Products)
  • Removal of hard plastic utensils from the docks and V.I.P. Club, replaced with Green Ware Products 
Contact: Sarah Salvatori 312.946.6285

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