Miami Yacht Show boosts local economy, impact study finds

The Miami Yacht Show draws in about $486 million for the state’s economy each year, according to a recent study.

The Miami Yacht Show team commissioned the economic impact study and found that the event attracts about 30,000 visitors annually, and that the benefits include tourism dollars, jobs, sales taxes and a financial boost for the marine industry in the state.

“Throughout our 29-year history, we’ve consistently drawn free-spending visitors to Miami from outside of Florida – about 8,800 just last year of the total attendance of 30,000 – while providing massive support to Miami-based marine businesses, which secure tens of millions of dollars in sales during the five-day event,” commented Andrew Doole, vice president and general manager of Informa Exhibitions' US Boat Shows.

“The overall economic impact is $486 million and the show supports 3,576 Florida jobs. We’re very proud of this positive impact on our hometown and the state of Florida.” Andrew noted that the vast amount of money the event garners stays in Florida.

“By last year’s measure, the Miami Yacht Show generated a combined $290 million just for the state of Florida, consisting of sales by Florida marine businesses, state tax contributions from those sales, and expenditures by show guests at Miami hotels, restaurants and other businesses," he said. "It’s important to point out that all of this economic activity supports thousands of Florida jobs, too."

The 2019 event will be held in February in downtown Miami, which is a change that the team are looking forward to. “The new event location itself is also a plus, as it’s centrally located in close proximity to major highways and public transportation, as well as to downtown hotels, dining and entertainment," Andrew said. "The site itself will have over 3,500 parking spaces, making access easier than ever for attendees."

“Our guests have a lot to look forward to in 2019: along with our in-water display of incredible yachts, the new downtown Miami site allows us to have more exciting vendor exhibits on land, as well as a valuable educational component that focuses on marine conservation and is being offered in partnership with Florida International University.”

This article was originally published by Florida Business Daily here.

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