Miami International Boat Show Generated Over $955 Million in 2022

In February, the 2022 Discover Boating® Miami International Boat Show® helped cement its status as a critical economic engine and tourism booster for Florida after the show’s producers revealed vast financial numbers. An economic impact report by Thomas J. Murray & Associates announced that the show generated more than $955 million, created over 5,000 jobs, and attracted 100,000 visitors during its five-day run over Presidents’ Day Weekend. The annual event is a joint production of Informa Markets, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), and the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA).                                 

“As the producers of the Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show, Informa Markets is proud to bring an event to South Florida that not only engages visitors, residents, and patrons of the marine industry, but also serves as an unmatched economic engine for the State of Florida,” Andrew Doole says, president of U.S. boat shows with Informa Markets. “The results of this economic impact study motivate us to continue producing an event that benefits Florida jobs and businesses. This successful event could not have been achieved without the great collaboration and partnership from the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the International Yacht Brokers Association.” 

Key figures from the 2022 economic impact report include: 

  • The estimated $955.6 million in economic impact in Florida from the 2022 show came from marine industry sales and travel/entertainment expenditures by the show’s exhibitors and attendees.
  • 5,000 full-time and part-time jobs were created throughout Florida, associated with a statewide personal income impact output of $315 million
  • Total estimated sales for exhibitors during the Boat Show reached $642 million
  • Complete sales and local taxes generated statewide because of the Boat Show were estimated at $49.07 million


The Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show also provides a direct boost to Florida’s tourism and travel industry:

  • 100,000 visitors attended the Boat Show  
  • 41% of the visitors were from out of state  
  • The average expenditure by out-of-town visitors (hotels, restaurants, entertainment, transportation, etc.) at the Boat Show was $321 per day.  
  • Overall local expenditures from out-of-town visitors (guests & exhibitors) totaled an estimated $42.9 million.


“The boating public looks to Miami each year for an opportunity to see and feel what’s new in boating,” Paul Flannery says, chief operating officer of the International Yacht Brokers Association. “The combined efforts of IYBA, NMMA, and Informa has brought forward a platform that not only answers their needs but contributes greatly to the local and statewide economy. Thousands of families depend on the business generated and income provided by DBMIBS, and we are fortunate to contribute to this industry in such a fantastic way.”

The 2022 Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show’s economic impact reflects the extraordinary demand for recreational boating and yachting over the past two years and the growing interest in outdoor recreation. 

“The Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show is a showcase of the best in boating, providing a world-class, one-of-a-kind experience for our attendees, exhibitors and partners while generating vital spending and jobs both locally and statewide,” Frank Hugelmeyer says, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. “Boating and DBMIBS remain big business for Florida—perennially the top state in the U.S. for both boat sales and boat registrations—and following two years of tremendous industry growth, we expect boat sales this year to be healthy, on par with or above pre-pandemic levels, with forward order books strong as dealer inventory continues to catch up to meet extraordinary demand for boating.”

The 2023 Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show will last from Feb. 15 to Feb. 19.

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