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Fort Lauderdale Show to Highlight Luxury Yacht Charter Vessels in October

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Fort Lauderdale will once again play host to the biggest boat show in the world – the 52nd annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on October 27-31, 2011.

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While exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars, the real stars of the show are the megayachts.  Some of the newest yachts for hire will be available for viewing and in some cases, personal inspection (by prior-arranged appointment).

Luxury sailing charter vessels and motoryachts will cover over 3 million square feet of space in six locations.

Show dates and operating hours for October 27-31, 2011 are as follows:

Prime Time Preview:
Thurs. Oct 27, 10am – 7pm

General Admission:
Fri. Oct 28, 10am – 7pm
Sat. Oct 29, 10am – 7pm
Sun. Oct 30, 10am – 7pm
Mon. Oct 31, 10am – 5pm

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Planning a Caribbean yacht charter vacation this winter?   Join us at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show (our treat) and personally inspect some of the yachts available for your consideration.

To schedule your in-person yacht inspection in Ft. Lauderdale, contact YOUR yacht charter brokers by CLICKING HERE.

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Genoa Yacht Charter Show Puts Spotlight on Mediterranean Yacht Charter Vessels

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May 8 marked the conclusion of the 21st Annual Genoa mega yacht charter yacht show.  The industry-only event that draws the top luxury charter brokers and charter journalists from around the world. Held at Marina Molo Vecchio, the Genoa boat show showcased 65 mega yacht Mediterranean yacht charter vessels, although it attracted 100 fewer brokers than last year, most likely due to the economy.

The number of megayacht and superyacht vessels that are actually in the show is based on the number that can fit at the available dockage. As is the case each year, several mega yacht owners were disappointed, as a few superyachts were left on the waiting list.

Organized by the Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA), many yachting-related vendors set up booths along the docks and represented diverse products, from yacht insurance to hotel and tourism destinations. The most common yachts desired for Mediterranean yachting vacations are motoryachts, in contrast with the private sailing yachts that dominate the Caribbean yacht charter marketplace.  Supporting this distinction, the majority of yachts in the Genoa show were motoryachts, with the largest being the 70+ meter superyacht models, Boadicea and Haida G.

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There were also a number of new yachts with new crew at the show, which bodes well for an industry aching to expand beyond the economic downturn.  New private luxury charter yachts include LEO FUN, BIG CITY, PAOLYRE, SALU, SLIPSTREAM, and many more.

While the 2008 season was sluggish due to the global economic meltdown, many brokers in attendance cite an uptick in the number of inquiries for a summertime charter.  Indeed, brokers, owners, and crew are all optimistic for a rebound in luxury mega yacht charter vacations this summer.

The buzz on the docks this year seemed to be the increased interest by both yacht owners and charter customers to explore more areas outside of the standard cote d’azur yacht charter locale.  As potential charter customers inquire about Croatia yacht charter vacations and Greece yacht charter outings, the word begins to filter back to the yacht owners via the charter brokers.  As more clients express interest in a region, more owners are then willing to relocate their megayachts to non-traditional destinations such as Turkey, Greece, and Croatia, for a portion, if not the entire summer charter season.

To learn more, contact 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS.  Prime high season dates remain available on many of the newest yachts and largest yachts in the world’s best destinations.

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London-based Exhibition Company Acquires Three US Luxury Yacht Charter And Sales Shows

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Aerial view of Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show

 

THE HEADLINE

Informa’s British-based global exhibition division has acquired Yachting Promotions Inc.  (d/b/a Show Management), the producers of three of the world’s largest in-water boat shows – the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Yachts Miami Beach, and the Palm Beach International Boat Show.  Yachting Promotions Inc. is wholly owned by Active Interest Media, a magazine publishing company with co-headquarters in El Segundo, CA and Boulder, CO, USA

 

THE PLAYERS

ACTIVE INTEREST MEDIA

  • Headquarters: El Segundo, CA
  • Number of employees: 400
  • Founded: 2003
  • Type of business: Private

 

INFORMA PLC

  • Headquarters: Zug, Switzerland
  • Number of employees: 6500
  • Founded: 1998
  • Type of business: Public

 

THE PRICE

Informa paid $133 million to secure Yachting Promotions Inc. (YPI) from Active Interest Media.

 

THE STORY

Founded in 1976, Show Management has produced the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center since inception. The company went on to become the producers of the Palm Beach International Boat Show and the Miami yacht and Brokerage Show, recently renamed Yachts Miami Beach, as well as the St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show and Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota.

In 2006, Active Interest Media (AIM) purchased Show Management (formally renamed Yachting Promotions, Inc.).

According to a prepared statement by Andrew Clurman, AIM’s president and CEO, the sale of Show Management to Informa is part of the company’s long-term strategic plan to accelerate our growth:

“AIM will reinvest the proceeds from this sale to grow our digital video, online education, marketing services, and events in our other verticals.”

 

For its part, Informa’s acquisition of Show Management is in line with the company’s plans to expand its global exhibitions business in the U.S.A.  Already the producers of the Monaco Yacht Show, the acquisition makes Informa Exhibitions the world’s leading yacht show organizer. It will be interesting to see the changes (if any) made to these yacht shows with the new purchase.  Will the yacht shows now have red carpets, a la the Dubai International Yacht Show (DIBS)?  Sheiks in white gowns (and 1 in a blue gown) walking red carpet between yachts at Dubai International Boat Show

 

 

THE YACHT CHARTER PERSPECTIVE

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters

Our company president, Jana Sheeder, recently attended the 2017 edition of Yachts Miami Beach, where she and our 1-800 Yacht Charter team inspected several private luxury yacht charter vessels, including Lurssen motor yacht MARTHA ANN, James Bond yacht  SKYFALL, and the brand new Benetti motor yacht 11.11.  We asked Jana to comment on the acquisition of Show Management by Informa:

“Informa operates over 200 trade and consumer exhibitions around the world annually.  With their global resources, I believe Informa is positioned to focus on the continued growth and success of the world’s finest boat shows.  In terms of exposure of charter yachts to prospective clients, this should be a good opportunity for cross promotion; for example, we should be able to promote a winter/spring Florida yacht charter vacation to a client while a particular yacht is here in Miami at Yachts Miami Beach – then bring that client to Monte Carlo in September and host them on the same yacht during the Monaco Yacht Show.   I’m excited by the chance to extend customer relationships across multi-show platforms and destinations.”

 

Learn how a private yacht charter vacation can help you reconnect with your family and friends, embrace diverse cultures, and rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit.  We call it, “The Superyacht Experience,” and we want to share it with you!   For more information or to charter your own private luxury yacht charter vessel for the vacation of a lifetime, text “EXPERIENCE” to 305-720-7245 or fill out our online form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ and we will be in touch with you right away! 

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Oceanco Motor Yacht Seven Seas to Attend Monaco Yacht Show

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After a summer of private use by her celebrity owner, the on-again/off-again Mediterranean yacht charter superyacht SEVEN SEAS is scheduled to be on display at the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show, September 21 through 24.

The spectacular 86 meter (280 ft) Oceanco motor yacht SEVEN SEAS has been in the news throughout the summer, with the Steven Speilberg owned yacht playing host to both family and celebrity friends like Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively and Leonardo DiCaprio. 

Contemporary styling and modern lines define this elegant yacht.  With a beam of 14.20 meters, she boasts extraordinary interior volume. Oceanco motor yacht SEVEN SEAS features spacious accommodations for twelve guests in four large guest suites and two luxurious VIP suites. 

Oceanco’s signature infinity swimming pool can be found on an aft deck that can be conveniently transformed into a helipad. A favorite innovative highlight of 1-800 Yacht Charter’s President, Jana Sheeder on Seven Seas, is a projector, which will throw an image onto the aft glass wall of the pool allowing one to take in the latest movie while a swim at sea or on the quay.

Further testament to the owner’s iconic role in American cinema, the main salon is fully-equipped with a professional projection system and a 5 x 2 meter screen which, coupled with two rows of raked seating, can transform into a screening theater. Adjacent to the main salon is an imposing 250m² area, which can host everything from casual al fresco dining to a black-tie Cannes Film Festival gala.

The yacht has an extensive list of amenities including a wide array of water sport toys and tenders such as her custom enclosed 10.5 meter limo tender and custom 9.2 meter open sport boat. 

Oceanco is proud to present this magnificent yacht at the upcoming 2011 Monaco Yacht Show.  She will be berthed at slip R01.  Visits on board will be by invitation only.

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Interested in attending the Monaco yacht show?   For a list of luxury mega yacht charter vessels in attendance, please contact our destination specialists HERE.

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Trash in Luxury Yacht Charter Marinas. It’s Simple to Make a Difference.

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We took this photo during the Yachts Miami Beach Boat Show.  We were inspecting several private luxury yacht charter vessels docked at the Deep Harbour Island Gardens marina, near downtown Miami.  As we walked along the docks, I noticed our company President, Jana Sheeder, often pausing, bending down, picking up something, and putting it in her “Eco-Hero” tote bag.  I asked Jana what she was picking up, and she paused and poured a few of the contents of her bag onto a locker box on the dock.  “Take a look,” she sighed. “This debris can easily end up in the water where it becomes part of the ocean pollution problem, as well as a threat to birds and marine life.”

 So, I snapped the photo you see above…

THE IMAGE

When I look at this photo, I see beautiful superyachts that serve as a gateway to experience the wonders of our oceans.  I see a segment of the tourism industry – private luxury yacht charter – that generates millions of dollars of revenue annually.  I see a support network of thousands of crewmembers, dockhands, marina workers, and maintenance and repair staff – all supporting their families from a livelihood that is inextricably dependent upon healthy oceans.

For me, the trash in the foreground of the photo is a harsh reminder that the refuse we see floating in marinas and along the seawalls and walkways is a direct threat to the health of our waterways, and therefore, a threat to our own livelihood.

As you read this blog, I can guess what some of you are thinking – “I’m not part of the problem – I would never throw trash in the water.”  Good intention, ladies and gents, but you or someone you know might still be directly responsible for pollution in our waterways.

 

MYTH BUSTING —

It’s a common misconception that most trash comes from people throwing things directly into the water…  

“Believe it or not,  much to the trash in our waterways comes from litter thrown out of cars, litter that blows from surrounding areas into the waterways, illegal dumping, and this item really irks me – cigarettes left on the ground,” says Jana.  “During a big rainstorm, all that junk ends up in the watershed, and some of it eventually makes its way down to the bays, harbors, marinas, beaches, and worse – onto our fragile coral reefs and into the stomachs of marine life (like fish and turtles) and shorebirds.”

 

CLEANUP  EFFORTS

Efforts are underway to rid our waterways of trash.  In Baltimore, Maryland, two (rather cute) trash wheels are pulling debris from the harbor before it flows into Chesapeake Bay. Mr. Trash Wheel (male) and Professor Trash Wheel (female with eyelashes) are solar and hydro-powered trash interceptors in place in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Over a million pounds of trash has been pulled out of the water by Mr. Trash Wheel since it was installed in May 2014 (Professor Trash Wheel was installed in December 2016).

Mr. Trash Wheel in a marina

 

Professor Trash Wheel - with eyelashes

John Kellett (a true ECO-HERO!) invented the trash wheels and tracks the debris collected.  Since May 2014, when Mr Trash Wheel went operational, almost nine million cigarette butts and over 300,000 plastic bags have been collected.   Additionally, Mr. Trash Wheel picks up an average of 14,000 Styrofoam containers a month – second only to cigarettes.

Kellett echoes Jana’s thoughts that the problem starts on shore.  “I thought we were being ambitious with the harbor, but now people are talking about cleaning up the ocean,” Kellett said. “But I think the most effective solution is to get the trash before it gets there.” 


WHAT YOU CAN DO

No matter where you live, you CAN make a difference and help protect our natural resources.  Let’s review some simple steps we can all take:

  • No butts about it!  Are you a smoker, or know someone who is?  Don’t throw your cigarette butts out of your car window or onto the ground.  It takes just a second more to locate an ashtray or garbage receptacle.
  • Say “NO” to single use, disposable plastic products.  Reusable shopping bags are available everywhere!  They’re affordable and many places give them away as promotional items.  Please think twice when your grocer asks you, “paper or plastic?”  Say no thank you to either option, and hand your grocer a reusable bag.  Many stores give discounts (Target and Whole Foods, for example) when you use them, and you can turn your discount around and donate it to charity, through the store!
  • Pick up at least one piece of “someone else’s trash” and properly dispose of it today.  If everyone did this, it would make a HUGE impact and keep trash from finding its way into our waterways and environment.  It’s amazing how many people just don’t care…  (Many people refer to picking up refuse left by others as “karma trash,” or cleaning up poop at dog parks as “karma poops.”  It’s just good KARMA to help the earth and the environment!)
  • Be the change you want to see in the world.  If you have children, lead them by example when they are young and/or are especially eager to learn.  Show them that you refrain from disposable plastic bags… Get them to drink from reusable water bottles and not plastic water bottles.  Take them to the beach and show them the pollution that washes up on the shore and share with them how it harm the birds, creatures, and corals in the sea.   Track down a video of a sea turtle eating a plastic bag (thinking that it is a jellyfish)…or a seabird or sea lion with a plastic six-pack ring around its neck (which can easily eventually kill the animal).  They will follow your lead!

What do I hope will happen?  I look forward to the day that Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel are forced to take days off because there is no debris for them to clean up!

Jana Sheeder sitting on the aft couch of a yacht in a marina

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters and 1-800 BAREBOAT, with Eco-Hero Reusable Tote Bag

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If you are ready to make a difference, text HERO to 305-720-7245 and we’ll send you an “Eco-Hero” tote bag – just like the ones Jana carries with her and also uses at boat shows.  It’s Jana’s gift to you – from Jana and our team at 1-800 Yacht Charters!

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