There will be more and better boat shows than ever in 2024, with events scheduled everywhere, from Monaco and Miami to Dubai and Antigua. Magnificent yachts, spectacular exhibitions of craftsmanship, and a plethora of luxury amenities can all be seen at next year’s editions of the globe’s most renowned maritime expositions. These events are ideal for buyers and sellers in the sailing world due to the large number of interested attendees. The 10 best international boating events for 2024 are listed below:
1. Miami International Boat Show
February 14-18, 2024 – US
Over a thousand of the world’s most cutting-edge vessels will be on display at the Miami Beach Convention Center for boating enthusiasts and professionals alike to marvel over.
More than three million square feet are devoted to showcasing the newest boats, equipment, and services from more than 1,500 exhibitors. Hundreds of different types of watercraft will be available for showgoers to inspect, including sailboats, motorboats, trawlers, and sportfishing boats.
The Miami International Boat Show aspires to be the premier event of its kind in regard to boating education. The exhibition is an exceptional place for families to learn about marine life and enjoy themselves around the water.
If you’re thinking of visiting, use the Miami International Boat Show website as a vacation planner.
2. Dubai International Boat Show
February 28-March 3, 2024 – UAE
The Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) returns in 2024. For the last three decades, the month of March has been dedicated to DIBS at Dubai Harbour. Over 3,000 industry professionals, ultra-high-net-worth buyers, and curious hangers-on attend this show every year, especially since it’s become the largest yacht and lifestyle event in the Middle East.
At DIBS 2024, the show’s Superyacht Avenue will feature 150 grand vessels from more than 800 boat builders and outfitters. At this event, spectators will be able to see both racing and leisure yachts. Exhibitors will include Feadship, Sanlorenzo, Princess Yachts, and Gulf Craft. Additionally, there will be experts on hand to discuss new developments and answer questions about the boats being shown. Attendees can also try out state-of-the-art kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and hoverboards in the show’s busy watersports area.
But DIBS 2024 isn’t only about boats. Every year, the hosts of this world-renowned superyacht show pull together a fantastic schedule of exciting extras, including world-class entertainment, networking opportunities, and UAE-centric highlights.
Plan your trip to the 2024 Dubai International Boat Show by visiting the event’s official website.
3. Palm Beach International Boat Show
March 21-24, 2024 – U.S.A.
Around the globe, people are familiar with the Palm Beach International Boat Show. In March, there will be four days of networking, entertainment, and viewings, with prominent visitors from all over the world attending the boating expo. The nautical celebration, held in picturesque Palm Beach, Florida, provides sun, fun, and excitement for all attendees.
Hundreds of boats, from 8-foot RIBs to powerboats, sailboats, fishing boats, and motorboats, will be on display at the 2024 exhibition, which will include over $1.2 billion in high-end vessels and luxury lifestyle products.
Visitors will have the opportunity to network with yacht builders, retailers, and wholesalers from around the world. Over four days, they can view the most recent innovations in fishing equipment, navigational tools, and boating accessories.
The beautiful beaches and pleasant climate of Palm Beach are sure to make the show an event to remember.
To arrange your trip to the 2024 Palm Beach International Boat Show, peruse the show’s official website.
4. Mediterranean Yacht Show
April 27-May 1, 2024 – Greece
Nafplion, Greece, will host the ninth annual Mediterranean Yacht Show (MEDYS) at the end of April. Knowledge and insight into Greek charters will be abundant at the largest crewed charter event in the world, held on Greece’s southern coast.
Like the 2023 show, this one will attract charter brokers and industry experts from all over the world who are eager to check out the stunning lineup of superyachts in preparation for the busy summer charter season.
Although the 2024 show is mostly about the boats on display, the social program is also noteworthy. The welcoming and farewell ceremonies provide excellent opportunities to meet new people. The annual chef’s competition highlights cutting-edge trends in superyacht gastronomy.
For more information, visit the Mediterranean Yacht Show 2024 website.
5. Cannes Yachting Festival
September 10-15, 2024 – France
The Cannes Yachting Festival is the largest boat show held on the coast of the Mediterranean. A sailing spectacle, the Cannes Yachting Festival spans the French Riviera for an entire week. Over 50,000 people visit the nautical festival each year to check out the latest in luxury yachts, tenders, and other marine-related wares.
Yachts ranging in length from 3 meters to 50 meters are on display in Cannes, and many prestigious builders and buyers put the latest models through their paces with daily sea testing. The last several years’ Cannes boat shows have included creations from Baglietto, CDM, Gulf Craft, Pearl Yachts, Sanlorenzo, Princess Yachts, Van der Valk Yachts, and Sunreef Yachts, so it’s safe to say many of these names will be returning in 2024.
The sailing festival will include speaking events, competitions, and one-of-a-kind displays that can’t be missed. See the finest contemporary and vintage vessels, as well as the latest boating technology, to get up-to-date insights into the industry.
Visit the show’s website for the latest information on the 2024 Cannes Yachting Festival.
6. Monaco Yacht Show
September Dates To Be Announced, Monaco
In 2024, the Monaco Yacht Show will be the most important event in the yachting industry. It’s not hard to see why, since this show happens to be the largest exhibition of superyachts to be found anywhere. The show is held at Port Hercules, known as the “yachting capital of the globe,” and it attracts notable figures in the industry, as well as world-class superyachts (including the latest models) and exhibitors showcasing the finer points of the nautical lifestyle.
At this one-of-a-kind event, top-tier manufacturers like Benetti, Sunseeker, and Azimut will show off more than 500 top-tier yachts. The exhibitors always hire stunning models who do a superb job of showcasing the many boats that can be purchased.
There will be something for everyone at the 2024 Monaco Yacht Show. The exhibition features myriad marine industry players, including boatbuilders, suppliers, and service providers. There will be a wide range of high-end lifestyle products and the latest gear for water sports. Meet other professionals in your field or simply socialize at the afterparties of one of the world’s best boat shows in Monaco.
Details about the event can be found on the Monaco Yacht Show’s official website.
7. Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Late October Dates To Be Announced, 2024 – U.S.A.
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) in Florida, United States, features more than 1,300 yachts over 100 acres of exhibit space, making it the biggest boat show in the world. Over the course of the five-day exhibition, numerous foreign visitors are expected. The event effectively functions as a trade show for the yachting industry.
FLIBS is one of the most well-known maritime events in the world, with up to 100,000 attendees expected in 2024. It’s a fantastic opportunity for firms to display cutting-edge fishing vessels, megayachts, and other assorted watercraft, engines, and accessories. It’s a great place to meet like-minded people who share your love of boats.
The exhibition will include seminars and presentations on topics such as fishing, sailing, and repairs. There will also be marina tours, a fishing competition, live music, food, and drinks at this renowned boat event.
The website for FLIBS has more information.
8. Metstrade Show
November Dates To Be Announced, 2024 – Netherlands
Over the course of three days in late November, the world’s leading yacht suppliers, builders, and maritime specialists will convene in Amsterdam at the 2024 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METSTRADE).
Superyachts, Marinas and Yards, and Construction Materials will each have their own pavilion during the show in the thriving center of the global boating industry. Starting in 2024, the Yacht Racing Forum conference has decided to co-locate with METSTRADE, the maritime industry’s largest trade fair.
The annual event has a packed schedule designed to encourage networking, recognition, and new ideas in the marine sector. Highlights of the 2023 yacht show included the Global Superyacht Forum, Boat Builder Awards, Young Professionals in Yachting Club, and the DAME Design Award, all hosted by the Superyacht Group.
You can sign up to attend or exhibit at METSTRADE 2024 on the official website.
9. Abu Dhabi International Boat Show
November Dates To Be Announced, 2024 – UAE
As the biggest marine and leisure event in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region, the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) is a must-attend for every nautical traveler. ADIBS returns for its sixth year to the ADNEC marina and the new Marina Hall on the waterfront. It’s an incredible venue and one of the few in the world that’s capable of hosting simultaneous indoor, outdoor, and marine events.
In three days, visitors to ADIBS will have the rare and exciting opportunity to sample the best that the maritime world has to offer. A total of 40,000 square meters will be devoted to showcasing yachts, boats, live demonstrations, and interactive exhibits. It’s a terrific place to meet new people and discuss professional topics.
The most luxurious and cutting-edge watercraft will be on display at this year’s event. Buyers can research vessels, try them out, and purchase the best option.
Falcon Tenders and Sunreef Yachts, two industry leaders, will likely return to the 2024 edition of ADIBS, showcasing advanced new products. Early attendees may be able to catch the FI Abu Dhabi Grand Prix a few days before the massive boat show commences.
Check the website for ADIBS 2024 for a full schedule and the latest information.
10. Antigua Yacht Show
December Dates To Be Announced, 2024 – Antigua
The Antigua Charter Yacht Show has been a favorite of superyacht captains, global charter brokers, and marine merchants since 1971. Nelson’s Dockyard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Falmouth Harbour Marina, and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina will host the event’s 63rd anniversary celebration.
Over 100 sail- and motorboats will be on display, alongside racing and social events. The show will include displays of nautical equipment, services, and accessories.
The Antigua Yacht Show 2024 will include races, as well as seminars, demonstrations, and exhibitions of the latest yachting technology. Unique events for kids include a special children’s parade and a pirate-themed treasure hunt.
Get the latest show dates at the Antigua Yacht Show website.
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