With the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show wrapping up yesterday, the next large boat show to look forward to in South Florida is the Miami International Boat Show coming up in February. The annual yacht show in Miami Beach features the world’s most extraordinary and unique yachts and superyachts from international yacht brokers on over more than 2.5 million square feet of exhibit space. Visitors can explore every type of boat from luxury yacht builders, including catamarans, fishing boats, house boats, sailboats, schooners, motor yachts for sale and more. The Miami International Boat Show has taken place over President’s Day weekend every year since 1948.
To boost the Miami tourism industry, South Florida organizers will be applying to host the 2015 Super Bowl at the Miami Dolphin’s Sun Life Stadium. However, with the NFL considering a longer season, Super Bowl 2015 may fall on President’s Day weekend, presenting a conflict with the Miami International Boat Show. The boat show, which draws 90,000 people each year, is a major boost for hotels and the Miami tourism industry. The Super Bowl is also a major economic boost for the city. It is now up to South Florida organizers to decide whether to move the date of the boat show, or as another option, to hold Super Bowl operations in Fort Lauderdale. The NFL housed its media operations and headquarters in Broward County rather than in Miami for the 2010 Super Bowl game. Fort Lauderdale, with ample hotel rooms and venues, is still an option and possible representative for South Florida.