FLIBS: Return of the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show


Across the Atlantic, the highly anticipated 62nd Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Fort Lauderdale (FLIBS) kicked off. It takes place this year from 27 to 31 October at the Bahia Mar Yacht Center.

Owned by the Marine Industry Association of South Florida (MIASF) and run by Informa Markets, FLIBS will continue to have the largest display of boats and related equipment in the United States.

With the unprecedented high demand for boat products and accessories, the 62nd annual FLIBS will provide an opportunity for consumers and exhibitors to meet face to face and showcase the products in demand. More than 310,000 new powerboats were sold in 2020, according to the National Association of Marine Machinery Manufacturers – sales numbers the pleasure yachting industry has not seen since the 2008 crisis.

FLIBS is the driving force behind the maritime economy, Fort Lauderdale and Florida. The total economic impact of the event was $ 1.3 billion from the 2019 exhibition and sales of products worth more than $ 714 million in 5 days.

With over 80% of the show taking place outdoors, FLIBS will continue to offer safe outdoor experiences to attendees, visitors and the local community so that they can enjoy the greatest boat show on the seven seas.

Among the interesting details of the 2021 exhibition:

  • Superyacht Village: the most impressive superyachts and exhibits including Viking Yachts, Azimut Yachts, Princess Yachts, Ferretti Group, as well as submarines and exotic automotive collectibles.
  • AquaZone: An immersive and fun experience for thrill-seekers and water enthusiasts. This area is designed for visitors to personally experience and experience various water sports and innovative marine products. The space was also developed in partnership with Nautical Ventures, one of the largest exhibitors, covering over 44,000 square feet and representing 23 brands. Roger Moore, Chairman and CEO of Nautical Ventures. “Whether visitors are looking for a kayak, a luxury floating platform or the latest watertoys, AquaZone has a product for everyone – and we are delighted to offer customers the perfect product at a boat show.”
  • On the hook of the future: various fishing courses for children aged 4-16. The course tells and gives instructions on the choice of tackle and lures, casting rods and reels, how to fish and the ethics of fishing.


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