Miami, FL, August 11, 2013– Expoships, LLLP, owners and operators of the luxury exhibition megayacht, SeaFair, have announced they are expanding their show profile through a strategic partnership with AIM Media, AIM Marine Group and Show Management, organizers of the world’s largest in-water boat shows. The alliance will present The Club at SeaFair as the Official Yachts International VIP Venue during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on October 31-Nov 4, 2013, as well as the Miami Beach Yacht & Brokerage Show in February 2014 and the Palm Beach International Boat Show in March 2014.
Recognized globally for its groundbreaking exposition programming, SeaFair, the world’s first megayacht venue, is launching The Club at SeaFair to host the VIP clientele visiting the luxury boat shows which attract an annual gathering of 100,000 attendees from North and South America, Australia, Europe, and Asia.
During its inaugural debut, The Club at SeaFair will host the sprawling 54th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show’s kick-off parties, daily receptions and events, organized for SuperYacht Builders Association VIP members and other prominent guests, many of whom represent the most prestigious yachting brands in the industry including Feadship, Benetti, Lürssen, Palmer Johnson, Royal Huisman and more.
Poised to exceed visitors’ loftiest expectations, The Club at SeaFair, an unparalleled 228-foot exhibition megayacht whose hallmark is exclusivity, will offer invited guests a select array of fine art, jewelry, and design for yacht and home in a luxurious club-like atmosphere.The Club will also feature private dining and cocktail lounges with stunning panoramic views of the boat show’s most glamorous superyachts and South Florida’s spectacular waterways.
Hailed as the “Yachting Capital of the World,” the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will include exhibits ranging from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts displayed across six locations covering more than three million square feet of exhibition space.
The Club at SeaFair guests will discover a unique showcase of international art from modern masters to emerging, haute jewelry design, fine Jensen silver, Italian decorative design, yacht design, and more.
The event provides an unprecedented opportunity for participant galleries to present fine collectibles while gaining an audience in a luxury market where consumers demand the highest quality of goods and services.
SeaFair is the world’s first mobile megayacht venue and one of the ten largest privately owned yachts in the United States. Groundbreaking in scale, ingenuity and style, the yacht – which remains dockside during each event – pairs international fine art, jewelry and collectables with harbor view dining and special events in cities throughout Florida and along the eastern seaboard.
The $40M purpose built yacht was designed by internationally acclaimed yacht designer Luiz De Basto. At 228 feet and 2800 international tons, it is the largest ship built for commercial operation in the Intracoastal Waterway and requires a draft of only 6.5 feet allowing it to dock at small yacht facilities in central city locations rather than use commercial ports.
Expoships LLLP Principals and Owners of SeaFair, David and Lee Ann Lester, have been in the art fairindustry for over 20 years. Under the name of their organizing firm, International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE), they have organized over 70 international art fairs in art capitals around the world including New York, Chicago, Hong Kong, and London. IFAE has pioneered the Florida market establishing the American International Fine Art Fair (AIFAF) in 1997, now one of the premier fine art fairs in America, ArtPalmBeach in 1998, one of Florida’s most celebrated contemporary fairs and the Miami International Art Fair in 2010. In addition, the firm founded Miami Florida’s original international art fair, Art Miami, in 1991. In 2014, IFAE will inaugurate Miami Art + Design, a premier art and design fair in an extraordinary new exhibition venue on the Downtown Miami waterfront.
ABOUT ACTIVE INTEREST MEDIA, INC. (AIM MEDIA):
Active Interest Media, Inc. is a leading publisher of enthusiast consumer shows and publications across all media platforms. AIM’s titles include Yachts International, Sail, Power & Motoryacht, EQUUS, and many more. The company’s five publishing groups–the Equine Network, the Home Buyer Group, the Healthy Living Group, the Marine Group, and the Outdoor Group–reach more than 10 million readers in 85 countries around the world. AIM was formed by Wind Point Partners, a private equity investment firm with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Southfield, Michigan, in partnership with CEO Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, in October 2003.
ABOUT SHOW MANAGEMENT:
For the past thirty years, Show Management has been a world leader in boat show production and has made the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach and the Palm Beach International Boat Show, three of the World’s largest and most important in-water boat shows. The St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show and the Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota, are two regional shows that are the Gulf Coast’s largest in-water boat shows. Each show offers in-water displays, standard booths, customized tents and barges. Show Management prides itself on creating a clean, fun atmosphere where buyers and sellers of all things marine gather each year.
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