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After working closely with event organiser Informa Markets on enhanced safety measures for all participants, the City of West Palm Beach has granted final approval to the event permit for the 35th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, giving it the green light to take place from Thursday 25th March to Sunday 28th March 2021 along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach.
Organisers have implemented strict safety procedures. All participants will be required to wear face coverings and have their temperature taken at the entrance. There will be hand cleaning and sanitation stations throughout the event space. There will also be enhanced, deep cleaning before, during, and after each day’s event. There is an updated layout making the entire event open-air. Finally, there will be four entrances and exits to ease the flow of pedestrian traffic and promote social distancing.
“We are pleased to welcome the return of Palm Beach International Boat Show to the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront in March,” said West Palm Beach mayor Keith A. James. “We applaud the event organiser Informa Markets for implementing a COVID-19 mitigation plan in support of public health during these unprecedented times. The Palm Beach International Boat Show provides an economic boost to our city and region. We look forward to safely welcoming visitors and residents to our downtown for this legacy event in the City of West Palm Beach.”
The Palm Beach International Boat Show has a total statewide economic impact of $682.7 million (c. €566.8 million) and supports 4,394 full-time Florida jobs, with a $228 million (c. €189 million) statewide labour impact due to its economic activity. This year’s event will feature a wide variety of yachts and accessories, including hundreds of boats ranging from 2.4-metre (8-foot) inflatables to superyachts nearly 91 metres (300 feet) in length. In addition to the large selection of boats and exhibits, the show will offer fun and educational activities, including The AquaZone, an upfront experience with a variety of water sports and innovative products, and kid’s fishing clinics by Hook the Future.
“We are so grateful for the city’s collaboration in making the 2021 show a reality in a safe manner, while also allowing for the return of its positive economic impact for local and state communities, as well as the marine industry at large,” said Andrew Doole, president of Informa Markets U.S. Boat Shows. “We are excited to welcome back boating enthusiasts and marine businesses to enjoy this year’s show at Palm Beach’s world-famous waterfront downtown during the most beautiful time of year.”
In January 2021, Informa Markets held a successful St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show, and prior to that, held the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Autumn 2020. Both events were organised in accordance with Informa’s newly adopted AllSecure health and safety standards, as well as all official government and local authority guidance and regulations. Informa coordinated the AllSecure standards in coordination with its association partners, peers, venues, suppliers, contractors, health officials, and federal and local authorities. Adopted industry-wide, the AllSecure standards raise the bar on safe, hygienic, productive, and high quality organised event experiences.
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