Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show features MYP on 2021
The largest in-water boat show in the world had sunny Florida as the scenario where people who work in different areas of the yacht industry met to exchange experiences and learn more about what is new in the sector.
Having the opportunity to meet with chefs who cook for mega yachts and captains who have traveled the seven seas is essential for companies like Mega Yacht Provisions. Therefore, attending the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show at the end of October 2021 was an excellent experience for Jonathan Burillo, Mega Yacht Provisions’ founder.
The experience is one of a kind, mainly because you get the chance to see a massive number of yachts, all anchored next to each other’, explains Burillo. However, the experience goes beyond seeing all these magnificent yachts, and it allows him to meet potential clients who might be thinking about passing through Panama.
The first-hand experience of attending the Boat Show
In 2019, this event -owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and produced by Informa Markets- attracts over 100,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors from more than 50 countries. It is about displaying yachts and allows showcasing products that are somehow linked to the industry, from clothing to food, and of course, superyachts.
For Burillo, all the companies in the sector must attend this event ‘to feel how huge this event is’. The event is full of activities. It goes from establishing partnerships such as the one between Mega Yacht Provisions and Meridien, touring the exhibition, to seeing all the yachts. This year, Burillo had the chance to see the newest mega yacht in the event from the inside, getting to learn every tiny detail of its design and facilities.
Of course, the most important thing was having the opportunity to let people know about Mega Yachts Provisions and the world-class services it provides in Panama. ‘All the people I met at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show were impressed to learn about a 24/7 service option that is now available in Panama if they cross the Canal. We were proud to be the Panamanian provision company at the show’ says Burillo.
The importance of having a Boat Show
Six years ago, a similar event took place in Central America: the Panama International Yacht Show. It was well-received, but it has been too long since it happened. “If we consider all the new luxuriant marinas that have been built in Panama, a new Panama Boat Show must happen, and it would be a great investment opportunity’ explains Burillo.
The Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show has a significant impact on companies like Mega Yacht Provisions, where the connection with people is vital to growing the business and showcasing the services provided that, otherwise, might remain unknown.
Burillo knows this, and that is why he does not hesitate about his expectations for next year’s event: ‘We are hoping to have our stand to boost our services and, of course, promote Panama as a destination.