The 56th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), set to take place in the “Yachting Capital of the World” from Nov. 5 to 9, is unveiling new attractions this year to further enhance the show experience for the thousands of boating enthusiasts and marine businesses from around the world who attend the world’s largest in-water boat show.
“This is an exciting year for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show as we roll out enhancements designed to make this the best show ever for our exhibitors and attendees,” said Brett Keating, vice president of consumer marketing for Show Management, the organization that annually produces the Fort Lauderdale boat show. “We’re elevating the overall experience in many different ways, ranging from very attractive VIP packages to a Friday night Blue Party at the Convention Center especially for our valued exhibitors. Even before you arrive, you’ll notice attractive new touches when you visit the new FLIBS website and see our new logo.”
VIP Boat Show Experiences
Experience the show like a royal! Show organizers have partnered with Quint Events for the VIP Boat Show Experiences program, offering registered guests the convenience of onsite valet parking, entry to the boat show and all-day access to the air-conditioned, VIP lounge located at the Hall of Fame Marina, which will feature gourmet food and a premium open bar. Other perks include access to a variety of private boat show events.
Quint Events is known worldwide for delivering high impact experience packages at prestigious events such as the Kentucky Derby, the Super Bowl, the NBA All-Star Game, the Breeders’ Cup, the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Collector Car Auctions and Formula 1 Gran Premio de México 2015.
One-day VIP Boat Show Experiences passes are $399 per person for Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Three-day passes are available for $1,099 per person.
The Blue Party
On Friday, Nov. 6, the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center will glow blue for a fun-filled night specially planned for exhibitors and featuring entertainment, music and fashion at the show’s Sailfish Pavilion. Raffle tickets and great prizes will benefit the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, a non-profit organization that annually serves more than 11,000 children with special healthcare needs in Broward County.
In addition to the Blue Party, the Convention Center will feature an amazing display of boats under 50 feet and complimentary attractions for the whole family, including fishing and boating workshops by the IGFA School of Sportfishing, Hook The Future kids’ fishing clinics, and marine seminars and an art exhibit by The Blue Wild. There also will be live water sport demonstrations at the AquaZone, a 15,000 gallon, 25-foot-by-50-foot pop-up pool.
FLIBS is the world’s largest in-water boat show, covering seven locations with nearly 1,500 boats displayed across more than 3 million square feet of exhibit space. The show’s convenient network of parking, ground transportation, water taxis and riverboats transports visitors to see an amazing array of boats, marine products and accessories on display, from astonishing super-yachts, fishing boats, runabouts and boats for every budget, to fishing gear, marine art, jewelry and more, all valued at more than $4 billion. The show draws more than 1,000 exhibitors from more than 30 countries each year.
The 56th Annual Fort Lauderdale Boat Show will take place at the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Marina and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® is owned and presented by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and managed and produced by Show Management. It is sponsored by Budweiser, Gosling’s Rum, Quint Events and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA). Like the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on Facebook at facebook.com/fortlauderdaleboatshow, follow the show on Twitter at twitter.com/boatshowupdates, connect on Instagram at instagram.com/showmanagement, and tune into Boat Show TV at youtube.com/showmanagement. For more information, call (954) 764-7642 or (800) 940-7642, or visit ShowManagement.com.