South Florida's Top Trade Shows, Expos & Conventions 2010

By D. Channing Muller March 29, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Photo: Tim McAfee Photography

1. Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Billed as the largest boat show in the world, this event showcases an estimated $3 billion of marine transport hardware across three million square feet of space—on land and in the water—at six venues in Fort Lauderdale. The 2010 show is scheduled for October 28 to November 1.

2. Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail
This event brings together thousands of the year’s newest boats from more than 2,100 exhibitors. Based at the Miami Beach Convention Center, with in-water displays at two marinas, the 2010 show took place February 11 to 15.

3. South Florida International Auto Show
Organized by the South Florida Automobile Dealers Association, the 39th installment of this trade show displayed more than 1,000 cars at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The exhibit floor decreased by about 40,000 square feet in 2009—though attendance climbed slightly to 532,000. The 2010 show is scheduled for November 5 to 14.

4. Home Design and Remodeling Show
This interior-design expo takes place twice a year in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, with 800 exhibitors at the Miami Beach Convention Center and 700 at the Broward County Convention Center. The 2009 shows attracted nearly 75,000 people each. The 2010 events are set for March 26 to 29 and September 3 to 7 in Miami, and June 4 to 6 and December 3 to 5 in Fort Lauderdale.

5. Health and Fitness Expo
This two-day event combines screenings, demonstrations, activities, and panel discussions at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Presented by NBC 6 and Telemundo 51, the fourth edition attracted more than 50,000 people. The expo returns to the convention center April 25 and 26.

6. The Original Miami Beach Antique Show
This five-day trade show is billed as the world’s largest indoor antique show in the world—135,000 square feet and more than 800 exhibitors from 22 countries. The 49th event took place January 21 to 25 and attracted nearly 20,000 attendees.

7. Exxxotica Miami Beach

This trade show and expo is considered the largest in the adult industry based on attendance. The 2009 show at the Miami Beach Convention Center attracted 19,500 people and about 150 exhibitors; it returns May 14 to 16.

8. Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention
Every March this trade show for the cruise shipping industry brings together commercial shipping, cruise lines, and the yachting industries at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The show had 941 exhibitors from 119 countries and more than 10,000 attendees throughout its four days in 2009.

9. Graphics of the Americas
This three-day expo and conference for the graphic communications industry is held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. In 2009, it attracted more than 10,000 attendees from 78 countries and 440 exhibitors. The show’s 35th outing took place February 25 to 27.

10. HD Boutique

Hospitality Design magazine hosts this design trade show at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The 2009 event had 440 exhibitors and more than 3,500 attendees, down about 5,000 from 2008. The expo’s eighth installment returns to South Florida on September 13 and 14.

11. America’s Food and Beverage Show

The 13th annual show, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, drew 306 exhibitors and more than 6,200 attendees from 63 countries, an increase of 48 percent over 2008. The show had an estimated $103.6 million in sales for 2009. The 2010 edition is scheduled for October 26 and 27.

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