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WHAT:     The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, owners of the Palm Beach International Boat Show, and its organizers, Informa Markets, will come aboard the Palm Beach County boating community for a special Sounding of the Horns event to signal the arrival of the first ever Virtual Palm Beach International Boat Show.
The Palm Beach International Boat Show — which saw 53,000 visitors last year and had a statewide economic impact of $682.7 million — was forced to “come about” and move to a virtual platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a sign of unity among the West Palm Beach marine community, Palm Beach County safe harbor marinas, local law enforcement boats, towing boats, marine exhibitors, and area boaters will sound their boat horns for 30 seconds at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 14th to trumpet the launch of the show, which is moving off the docks and on to digital screens for the first time in its 35 year- history.
One of the top five boat shows in the U.S. with more superyachts in Palm Beach than any other event — the Virtual Palm Beach International Boat Show will feature 436 exhibitors and nearly 800 boats including over 150 superyachts. Included is the 238-foot QUANTUM OF SOLACE by Turquoise Yachts, which will be on display at the press conference and tours may be arranged upon request. Setting the stage for one of the largest online boat shows, the virtual show will showcase more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts, marine accessories and will unveil some of the year’s most striking and luxurious new yachts, including the 242-foot PLVS VLTRA by Dutch shipyard Amels, which is making its U.S. boat show debut, and the world debut of Grand Banks Yachts GB54.
With no registration fee, virtual attendees will see enhanced video content, including hundreds of video walk-throughs of boats and yachts, new product highlights, industry news and exclusive show promotions. Always popular, the Show will also feature educational seminars led by experts and panelists from Superyacht Times; fishing presentations by sportfishing experts and influencers, including youth fishing clinics by Hook The Future.
WHO:     Andrew Doole, President of the U.S. Boat Show Division for Informa Markets; and George Gentile, President of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc.; will hold a press conference to discuss the boat show’s transition to a virtual platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of moving forward with the iconic show for exhibitors and its loyal audience to engage. Following the press conference, the Sounding of the Horns will take place, signaling the launch of the virtual show.
MORE:     The public is invited to take part in the celebratory opening of the Show. Downtown area residents and those who want to watch and listen from the downtown seawall at the public marina will be provided blow horns, while supplies last.