It’s already the world’s largest in-water boat show. Now, the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, nicknamed FLIBS, is getting larger. It’s for good reason, too. Come this October, the event will feature Superyacht Village, a section at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina devoted to even more of the biggest boats on display, and the companies supporting them.
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, FLIBS has long been the premiere American show for superyacht shoppers. “The growing number of large yachts exhibiting at the show continues to attract affluent buyers and superyacht charter clients,” Andrew Doole, president of Informa U.S. Boat Shows, says. Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina has also long been part of the exhibit space. To accommodate the increased demand for exhibit space, the Pier Sixty-Six Marina South property (below) will come into play. It’s just south and east of the 17th Street Causeway Bridge.
Although the full list of exhibiting yachts is not yet available, Pier Sixty-Six Marina South can host megayachts to 400 feet (122 meters). Regardless, from October 30 to November 3, Superyacht Village will feature yachts as well as shipyard displays, as well as personal subs and helicopters. In addition, luxury items such as collectible cars will join the displays. A variety of pop-up fashion and jewelry exhibits, wine and champagne tastings, and seminars are in the works, too. Plus, the second-annual FLIBS Best Yacht Chef Competition will take place there.
Show organizers further plan to include a destination restaurant, private tender service from other show locations, and reserved parking. All general-admission ticket holders can access it via the water taxis and shuttle buses as well.
Superyacht Village is the latest in a number of changes taking place at FLIBS. This past year, for example, the show entrance relocated for better foot-traffic flow. Food options increased, as did VIP experiences.
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