Yachts on display at FLIBS

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What not to miss at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

25 September 2023 • Written by Hannah Rankine for Informa Markets

On 25-29 October 2023, some of the biggest names in the industry are set to gather for five days in Florida to showcase their latest masterpieces as part of the 64th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). This year, more than 100,000 attendees and 1,000 boats will contribute to the show’s status as the largest in-water boat show in the world.

If you're heading to the show this year to get in on the action, here are just some of the key sections of the show to look out for.

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Seven locations

Owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and produced by Informa Markets, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show showcases more world and U.S. debuts than any other boat show in the country. To accommodate its sheer size, the show site spans 3,000,000 square feet across seven sites that are all conveniently connected by waterways and ground transportation services.

Visitors are encouraged to purchase a two-day pass to allow themselves time to explore all seven show locations. The Broward County Convention Center will return as the event’s Transportation Hub, providing ample parking spaces and linking guests to the show’s shuttle and water taxi services that connect the seven show sites.

The Broward County Convention Center is where visitors will find the very best in boats, fishing gear and a live-action exhibition. Las Olas Marina, Hall of Fame Marina, Pier 66 Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina and Bahia Mar Yachting Center make up the rest of the site with products ranging from sunglasses to superyachts and everything in between.

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The superyachts

The largest of the show’s fleet will be located at the SuperYacht Village at Pier 66 South, where visitors can marvel at some of the latest superyachts on the market and enjoy an enhanced VIP experience.

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VIP services

FLIBS offers VIP ticket holders a tailor-made experience known as the Windward VIP Experience. With premium access to the show, VIP guests can enjoy a premium open bar, indulgent gourmet food and the luxury of private restrooms at the Windward VIP Club. What's more, you'll have the privilege of entering the show an hour before the general public through the Bahia Mar south entrance, ensuring you get first dibs on the latest maritime marvels. To make your visit even more convenient, take advantage of complimentary shuttle and water taxi services that whisk you to and from all seven show locations.

For an extra dose of extravagance, consider bundling your ticket with the Fort Lauderdale Concours package, granting you access to a VIP Classic Cars evening event at the Superyacht Village at Pier Sixty-Six South, complete with live entertainment, handcrafted drinks and delectable hors d'oeuvres. It's the epitome of VIP treatment at one of the world's premier boat shows.

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Industry insights

The Broward County Convention Center will once again offer a range of interactive workshops and seminars conducted by industry professionals. With experts from various sectors, such as boating, conservation and fishing, attendees can gain valuable insights into the wider marine industry.

The 2023 edition will feature insights on advancements in marine technology that are reshaping the yachting industry, including the latest in navigation systems, propulsion technology and digital innovations, revealing the future of boating.

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“FLIBS 2023 invites attendees to immerse themselves in a sensory voyage, where cutting-edge design, state-of-the-art technology and sustainable initiatives converge to redefine the future of boating,” says Andrew Doole, president of U.S. Boat Shows with Informa Markets. “With a legacy spanning over six decades, FLIBS continues to set new standards for excellence, becoming an unrivalled platform for marine enthusiasts, industry professionals and luxury aficionados.”

To get involved in all the action, buy a ticket for this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

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