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The Palm Beach International Boat Show (PIBS), organised by Informa Global Exhibitions, has been postponed to a future undisclosed date amidst concerns over coronavirus. PIBS, scheduled to run from March 26 to 29, would have more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts and accessories.
Another superyacht event, the Superyacht Show Palm Beach, was scheduled to run during the show, and that has also been postponed.
Andrew Doole President of Informa U.S. Boat Shows and Informa Markets, with George Gentile, President, Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, released a joint statement following the announcement:
“Effectively immediately, the Palm Beach International Boat Show and Superyacht Show Palm Beach have been postponed until further notice. Adhering to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and City of West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James’ recommendation to suspend all mass gatherings over contagion concerns, we fully support the decision as the health and safety of our visitors, community, exhibitors, staff and vendors is our top priority.
We are currently working with the City of West Palm Beach to identify a new date. We wish to thank our city officials and the boating community for their ongoing support.”
A new date for the event is yet to be disclosed.