All Hands On Deck: The Welcome Channel Announces Partnership with the Miami International Boat Show

2012 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail Puts Visitors on the Water with New Learning Opportunities and Interactive Features, Plus Thousands of Boats, Products and Cutting-Edge Technology to Discover
The Welcome Channel
The Welcome Channel
Jan. 27, 2012 - PRLog -- The Welcome Channel has proudly announced media sponsorship today together with the 2012 Progressive Insurance® Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail, one of the world’s largest boating events, cruises into town Feb. 16-20 for its 71st year. More than 2,000 exhibitors from around the world will showcase thousands of the newest boats, from luxury motor and sailing yachts to personal watercraft and sport fishers, including powerboats, sailboats, jet boats and electric boats, in addition to the latest cutting-edge electronics, engines and marine accessories.

“Miami International Boat Show weekend is the single highest revenue producing weekend historically for Miami & the Beaches, as well as a tremendous draw for visitors from all over the world – we are so happy to be involved in the branding effort to both our international and domestic travelers” said April Donelson, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Welcome Channel.

When not shopping the best of the boating industry and taking advantage of exclusive sales, visitors can literally get their feet wet with this year’s attractions with a variety of new, free, interactive features and on-the-water fun for all ages and experience levels, including daily on-the-water training; a new Sailing Simulator; a chance to SCUBA dive; an exclusive full-day advanced long distance cruising class with world renowned sailor Jimmy Cornell who is making a rare U.S. appearance; and much more.

“Nowhere else in the world can boaters find such a vast array of boats and accessories for sale, plus free activities and education that offer everyone a chance to discover the boating lifestyle,” noted Cathy Rick-Joule, show manager. “Each year we strive to bring new attractions for all to enjoy, from hands-on experiences and classes to exciting demonstrations and nautical celebrities. Whether you’re a novice or a pro who fishes, sails, speeds or dives, this year’s show is an ideal destination for every on-the-water enthusiast.”

Show details:
Thursday, Feb. 16, through Monday, Feb. 20, 2012
Thursday, Feb. 16 (Premier Thursday): 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 17-Sunday, Feb.19: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Monday, Feb.20: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center and Miamarina at Bayside open 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. daily

Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach
Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center – Miami International Boat Show’s in-water display
1635 North Bayshore Drive, Miami
Miamarina at Bayside – Strictly Sail Miami returns to Bayside for 2012!
400 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Premier Day (Feb. 16): $35
Adults: $18
Five-day adult pass: $80
Two-day adult pass (valid Feb. 17-20): $32
Youth 15 and under get in FREE

Advance tickets can be purchased at or beginning Dec. 17, 2011.
Your ticket includes a one-year magazine subscription to one’s choice of the following publications: Yachting, Boating, Salt Water Sportsman, Cruising World, TransWorld Surf or Flying ($7.00 value).
Courtesy shuttle buses will run between all locations, including the park-and-ride at the American Airlines Arena, from one hour prior to the show opening through one hour after show close daily. Daily parking at the American Airlines Arena is $10.

A courtesy water taxi service is available between the park-and-ride at the American Airlines Arena, Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center, and Strictly Sail Miami at Miamarina at Bayside 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Visitors find more information and can now pre-shop the show with “Boat Finder” online at or; get up-to-the-minute news at; find us on Facebook.

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About the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail Miami
The Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail Miami is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat shows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit          

About Progressive
The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies is a leader in boat insurance and the largest seller of personal watercraft insurance in the U.S. It offers flexible, year-round coverage so boaters can go wherever they choose, whenever they choose and have peace of mind they’re protected. Specialty coverages which vary by state include On-Water Towing, Roadside Assistance, Personal Effects, Total Loss Replacement, and Pet Injury.

Progressive makes it easy to understand, buy, and use vehicle insurance. Progressive offers choices so consumers can reach us whenever, wherever, and however it’s most convenient for them—online at, by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE, or in-person with a local agent..

About The Welcome Channel:
The Welcome Channel is the premiere, entertainment style visitor programming for 27 of Miami & the Beaches most affluent hotel and resort locations: Loews Miami Beach, Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, Trump International, Westin Diplomat, JW Marriott, along with 22 other fine hotel and resort locations carry our in-room channel. The Welcome Channel airs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, targeting our international and domestic travelers alike looking for the very best to do, see, and experience while enjoying their stay right here in Miami & the Beaches, or traveling abroad.

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