Show Management owned by Active Interest Media's Show Management/YPI, producer of five of Florida's largest boat shows, has been purchased by Informa, a London-based academic publishing and events company. Informa currently delivers 200 industry events annually, including the Monaco Yacht Show, and is a FTSE 100 company listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Show Management has produced three of the world’s largest in-water boat shows, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Yachts Miami Beach, the Palm Beach International Boat Show and two of Florida Gulf Coast’s largest in-water boat shows, St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show and Suncoast Boat Show.
Show Management was purchased in 2006 by Active Interest Media (AIM), publisher of more than 50 of the country's consumer magazines, including the Equine Network, the Home Group, the Healthy Living Group, the Marine Group, the Outdoor Group, and the Creative Home Group.
The acquisition of Show Management fits with Informa's strategic plan to expand its Global Exhibitions business in the US. At the end of 2016 Informa completed the €1.2 billion acquisition of US exhibition services company, Penton Information Services.
"Informa's acquisition of Show Management allows for an exciting international opportunity that extends to exhibitors and the marine industry in leading global markets," said Phil Purcell, president and CEO of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, partner with Show Management in the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
"The MIASF looks forward to continued collaboration with our partners based on a relationship that has been built over decades."