To a Miami International Boat Show in September?
Miami International Boat Show (MIBS) director Larry Berryman spoke at an official meeting about the possibility of changing the dates of the largest boat show in the United States. The event that usually takes place in February could be postponed to September or October. Installed on the Virginia Key site since 2016, the American yachting event is criticized by the inhabitants. They complain that the MIBS blocks or limits access to the site for more than 3 months, during the tourist season. In addition, renovations to the Miami Marine Stadium are underway and Virginia Key's advisory board members are concerned that the millions of dollars invested will not provide the expected benefits if the site is blocked in January and February.
A challenge for the boat show season
If the MIBS delay is confirmed, it could harm European boat shows. The September season is dominated internationally by the Cannes Yachting Festival and the Salone Nautico di Genova, which is growing rapidly. The arrival on the calendar of the must-attend event in the United States could force international brands to make choices dictated by logistical, human and economic constraints.
In addition, the intensity of the fall hurricane season in Florida in recent years implies risks of cancellation or postponement of the event and even possible damage to boats. This raises questions about the relevance of these potential new dates, which are subject to local political constraints.