By the Numbers - A Closeup Look at the 2019 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, presented by West Marine

1/29/2019 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

Going Greener in 2019! Site-Wide Initiatives to Encourage Conservation

  • NEW! Costa Conservation Village, featuring more than a dozen of the industry’s conservation leaders who will be on hand to educate and inform attendees about critical environmental issues, from efforts to restore and protect marine ecosystems to game fish conservation.
  • Filtered watered stations will be offered at key points around the show. Complementing this, Costa Sunglasses will offer reusable water containers for sale at the show as part of their ‘Kick Plastics’ campaign.
  • The boat show has eliminated plastic straws.
  • Concessions are introducing a new line of disposables for ‘grab and go’ items that are recyclable and compostable.
  • There will be zero Styrofoam on the premises (for the 3rd year in a row).
  • Renewable and plant-based coffee cups, sleeves, and recyclable lids will be used throughout the show.
  • The boat show is removing the use of hard plastic utensils from the docks and VIP Lounge, replaced with Green Ware Products utensils.
  • The boat show is eliminating the printing of official show press materials and transitioning exclusively to digital

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
  • 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


Contact: Sarah Salvatori 312.946.6285

Progressive Insurance

West Marine

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