The 35th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show (PBIBS) – set for May 14 -17 – has been moved to a virtual platform. Please find the official statement below.
“As previously communicated, we have continuously reviewed the situation with regards to the Palm Beach International Boat Show. Following the latest restrictions and with considerable communication with our local and state officials, it has been determined that we cannot proceed with the live event. Therefore, we are pleased to announce our Virtual Palm Beach International Boat Show launching on the show’s currently scheduled day of May 14th. These have been unprecedented days and our primary concern continues to be the health and safety of our visitors, community, exhibitors, staff and vendors. In the show’s 35-year history, we have never dealt with a situation such as this.
The marine industry is an important staple of the Florida economy, accountable for over $23.3 billion. The Palm Beach International Boat Show has a total state-wide economic impact of $682.7 million. We are all eager to get back on board and help to continue contributing as a major statewide economic driver. While the show will no longer take place in its original form, we are looking forward to engaging our passionate audience of marine enthusiasts with the nearly 500 premier exhibitors via our virtual show. We will share more details in the coming weeks.
As always, we want to thank our City of West Palm Beach officials, our exhibitors and the boating community for their ongoing support.”
-Andrew Doole, President, Informa Markets U.S. Boat Shows and George Gentile, President of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County