Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, held annually in the fall, is the largest in-water boat show in the world. It covers six locations and more than 3 million square feet of space. The boats and other vessels on display include runabouts, sportfishers, high-performance boats, center consoles, cabin and express cruisers, sailing yachts, motoryachts, catamarans, trawlers and extraordinary superyachts.

Future of South Florida’s marine industry discussed

In these lean times, no city wants to lose its businesses, so Wednesday the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and the city of Fort Lauderdale co-hosted a workshop to talk about creating a better climate for marine businesses. The city is committed to economic development, creating jobs and preserving its marine industry, said Fort…more


An aura of rebirth at Lauderdale

Some believe the seeds of recovery took root at the bellwether boat show A new day seems to have dawned. Exhibitors at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show celebrated not only the show’s 50th edition, but also a ray of real hope and a reprieve from the unremitting bad news of the last two years.…more

Lauderdale exhibitors remain upbeat after show

Sales reports continue to trickle in from exhibitors at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Despite to the flat attendance figures and continued economic malaise, several vendor were touting what turned out to be a good show. Viking Yacht reports nearly 5,000 people visited its exhibit, featuring 13 yachts from 46 to 82 feet. Three…more


Megayacht segment sees signs of recovery

Many assume the megayacht segment is resistant to economic downturns because affluent buyers don’t feel the financial pinch. However, this is no typical downturn. “This category in the market is normally impervious but not in a deep recession like this,” Jim Eden, a longtime broker with International Yacht Collections, told Soundings Trade Only. He said…more


Air of optimism after Fort Lauderdale show

The second Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show held amid the economic downturn wrapped up Monday with the expected mix of optimism and realistic expectations expressed by exhibitors. Celebrating its golden anniversary this year, the show, which typically draws about 100,000 attendees, saw attendance drop 4 percent last year, and organizers budgeted for an 8 percent…more

Showtime in the Sunshine State

FORT LAUDERDALE – The mood was upbeat at this morning’s press breakfast at the opening of the 50th anniversary Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. “As of 20 minutes ago, online ticket sales were up 20 percent over last year,” said Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist, president and CEO of Show Management, the event’s organizer. A month earlier,…more

Sponsors named for Yacht Info program

The 2009 sponsors were announced for the first Yacht Info program in Fort Lauderdale. The International Superyacht Society, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and the U.S. Superyacht Association, organizers of the first Yacht Info program, announced the names of those who have supported the program, and its goal to continue professional development in…more

MIASF sponsoring trade mission at Fort Lauderdale show

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida is spearheading an inbound buying trade mission that will be coming Oct. 29-Nov. 2 to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The trade mission focuses on international companies in the recreational marine industry seeking to acquire the products and services of MIASF members and exhibitors at the show.…more

Boatbuilders prepare for Lauderdale showcase

Less than two weeks before the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, set to kick off Oct. 29 and run through Nov. 2, manufacturers are announcing plans to showcase their products. Denison Yacht Sales will be introducing the Selene 60 luxury trawler to the U.S. at the show. “It’s great to have a new model arriving in…more

Fort Lauderdale show releases promotional video

The upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is trying to excite attendees with a new video promoting what the show has to offer. The show, which will be held Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in South Florida — and is considered a bellwether for the industry — will have approximately 1,500 exhibits, 15,000 exhibitors and 140,000 attendees.…more

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