Strictly Sail Miami Sales Improve for “World’s Greatest Boat Show”
The Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail Miami will return for the 67th run from Feb. 14-18, 2008, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center and Miamarina at Bayside.
More than 2,200 exhibitors from throughout the world will gather to display the latest powerboats, sailboats, engines and marine electronics and accessories for the 2008 boating season.
New Strictly Sail show attractions include an expanded comprehensive sailing seminar series with close to 100 seminars. Featured speakers include: Marine Weather Analyst Lee Chesneau, Sailing voyager Pam Wall and Mike Harker, a lifelong adventurer and photojournalist who has just circumnavigated the globe aboard the Wanderlust III, a 2007 Hunter 49. The show’s Discover Sailing program will introduce newcomers to sailing by giving them the opportunity to take a ride on Harker’s Wanderlust III.
"The Miami show is the premier event for boat industry manufacturers and dealers to introduce new products and kick-start sales for the upcoming season," said Cathy Rick-Joule, vice president of southern shows with the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), which produces the Miami show. "Consumers from across the United States and as far away as Japan travel to Miami for this annual gathering of boating enthusiasts, where the best buys of the season can be found."
Kevin Murphy, show manager for Strictly Sail Miami, added, “Not only does the Miami show provide a boost to the boating industry, it also marks the busiest weekend in South Florida and brings to the area an economic impact of $817.8 million in gross sales and wages.”