Skip Zimbalist today announced some exciting developments for his company, Show Management, and the boating world in general during a press conference held in a penthouse at Miami Beach’s Eden Roc hotel.
The first announcement was that the Miami boat show will be welcoming a new venue starting next year at Island Garden marina. The venue was chosen for its megayacht-friendly design, e.g. there is room for helicopters and seaplanes to land, and also because it has more dry-land area for toys and luxury cars. One challenge currently facing the Collins Avenue venue is that there is not much space for exhibitors on land, only dock space. 2015 will see a soft rollout of the new venue, while it should be full speed ahead by 2016.
The second announcement was that Show Management will be expanding its boat-show repertoire this year with a show to be held in Panama. Zimbalist stated, among other things, Panama is an ideal location for a show because of the country’s continued economic development, its political stability (owing to the canal), and a deeply seated boating culture. The show will focus on boats in the 30 to 60-foot range, as Show Management has found that there is a market for those boats in Latin America, though owners may not want to travel all the way to Miami, and deal with shipping their new boats home. The Panama show will make all that a heck of a lot simpler.