The Marine Industries Association of South Florida and Informa Markets have announced the return of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), which will be taking place October 27th – 31st at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center.
Ticket sales are officially live for the 62nd annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), which will take place October 27th – 31st at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center (801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316). Owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and produced by Informa Markets, FLIBS offers the largest in-water presence of boats and marine exhibits. The five-day outdoor event showcases more world and U.S. debuts than any other boat show in the country.
“We are excited to welcome back the global community of visitors and exhibitors to the 2021 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,” said Andrew Doole, President of U.S. Boat Shows with Informa Markets, who produces the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. “In 2020, Informa was able to host an incredibly successful event that exceeded industry expectations despite the pandemic, and we anticipate that the 2021 boat show will raise the bar even higher for boating exhibitions.”
With demand for boating products and accessories at an all-time high, the 62nd annual FLIBS will offer consumers and exhibitors alike the opportunity to meet face-to-face and showcase highly sought-after products. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, more than 310,000 new powerboats were sold in 2020, sales figures that the recreational boating industry has not seen since before the Great Recession in 2008.
“The marine industry has been fortunate to experience unprecedented success over the last year. South Florida is honored to host for the 62nd time the premier yachting exhibition that is the world’s largest in-water boat show. Area manufacturers, brokers, and marine service professionals whose businesses impact the local economy all year will be joined by their global counter parts showcasing the best products and services the industry has to offer,” said Phil Purcell, CEO/President of the MIASF.
All event participants, including exhibitors, visitors, crew, and staff will be required to follow the recommendations set forth in the AllSecure standards. The standards are being constantly reviewed by Informa and will be made available on the FLIBS website for all event stakeholders to review prior to the show date.
FLIBS is a major economic driver benefitting the marine industry, the city of Fort Lauderdale, and the state of Florida with a total statewide economic impact of $1.3 billion as a result of the 2019 show and over $714 million in products sold over the 5-day event.