Boating bonanza

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), one of the largest in-water boat shows in the world, kicks off.

Photography by Forest Johnson

31 October 2018


FLIBS spans more than three million square-feet of exhibit space across seven waterfront locations.

The five-day show attracts approximately 110,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibitors representing 52 countries with more than 1,500 boats on display this November.

There will a number of Australian brands on display, as well as debuts from world renowned boat builders.

The 59th annual Fort Lauderdale International  Boat Show will see a variety of enhancements to form and function that will offer a fresh approach to enjoying the largest in-water boat show in the world and an even more successful sales environment for exhibitors.

One of the most noteworthy changes to the 2018 show is the redesign and repositioning of the main entrance several hundred yards to the north end of the Bahia Mar Hotel and Marina property, along Seabreeze Boulevard, just south of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and Marina.


The newly designed entrance will feature a plaza-like configuration, efficiently designed security and a VIP and exhibitor gate. The previous main entrance will be used for exhibitor move-in, move-out and other show logistics, thus improving access for both attendees and exhibitors.

“Informa is focused on evaluating the overall show experience and how FLIBS is perceived by people who arrive from many different places and spend time at the show each  day,” said  Informa U.S. Boat Shows General Manager Andrew Doole.

“First impressions are crucial, which is why we are creating a professionally designed, dedicated show entrance with a thoughtful layout and other elements of convenience for guests and exhibitors.”


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