With seven locations, and more than 1,200 yachts and megayachts on display, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is the world’s largest yachting event. The new show-management team is investing in its infrastructure to improve not just the on-site experience. It’s rolling out methods to let yacht buyers connect more with exhibitors even well after the show has ended.
Informa Exhibitions is the new management team. Among other events, it organizes the annual Monaco Yacht Show. Among the plans for this year’s show, from November 1 to 5, are better signs and maps to direct you. Equally important, FLIBS is gaining new docks and better tent flooring. All of these should be particularly appreciated at the show’s main location, the Bahia Mar Yachting Center and marina. (The other sites are the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Pier 66 Marina, and the convention center. A series of shuttle buses and water taxis make getting from one to the other easier.)
Furthermore, whether you want to see megayachts or gear, you’ll be able to put together a “walking list.” Via the FLIBS website, you can plan your visits. In addition, you can download specifications sheets, brochures, and even videos. Furthermore, you’ll be able to do it year-round. Previously, the website only contained brief information on that particular year’s exhibits, a few weeks in advance. Neither early pre-show planning nor post-show follow-up was an option.
Speaking of pre-show planning, FLIBS visitors will benefit from expanded hotel offerings. Though specifics aren’t yet available, the goal is to provide a simple reservation system for various hotels. Groups using the booking tool will also gain “white glove service” support on site.
“These improvements will help ensure the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show’s worldwide reputation as the industry’s leading annual event,” says Andrew Doole, Informa Exhibitions’ Boating Group general manager.