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.

FLIBS 2012: AIM presents Marine Group Awards

The Active Interest Media Marine Group Editor’s Choice Awards were held Friday night at the W Hotel, with Madame Annette Beneteau-Roux taking home the Lifetime Achievement Award and Robert C. Arzbaecher, CEO of Actuant Corp., receiving the Good Samaritan Award. The event, which had been scheduled for Nova Southeastern University’s Center of Excellence for Coral…more

FLIBS 2012 VIDEO: Bombarded with new boats

New boats are back in town. Builders came to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which began Thursday, armed with more truly new models than we’ve seen in several years. During the recession boatbuilders modified existing designs — redesigning deck and cabin layouts or adding flybridges — and presented them as “new” boats. Show goers…more

FLIBS 2012: Show considers adding more amenities

Organizers and owners of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show are laying out objectives to take the show to the next level, from creating VIP experiences for high rollers to dredging so even larger superyachts can have access. “I think the point is not to rest on our laurels and say, ‘This is it, we’re…more

FLIBS 2012: AIM awards gala moved to W Hotel

The Editor’s Choice Awards hosted by Active Interest Media at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will change venues in anticipation of Friday’s rain. The event will take place at 8 p.m. Friday at the W Hotel on Highway A1A, Pierson Grant Public Relations president Jane Grant told Soundings Trade Only. It had been…more

FLIBS 2012: Show will go on amid weather watch

The marine industry has been built around defying the weather. That was the message Marine Industries Association of South Florida president Kristina Hebert gave as she addressed a crowd of about 130 people at an opening breakfast today at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. “I know everybody’s talking about weather and it always kind…more

FLIBS 2012 VIDEO: Sea Ray debuts new models

Natural sunlight. Quieter outboards. Easy maintenance. Gathering areas. These are some of the ideas the design and engineering team at Sea Ray Boats wanted to implement in its new models — the 370 Venture and the 350 and 510 Sundancers — and even carry through to existing boats. Sea Ray and MarineMax co-sponsored an event…more

FLIBS 2012: Inside the show preparations

FORT LAUDERDALE – Crews are working around the clock to set up for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which opens Thursday and runs through Monday. It takes a month to build the show, but only a week to tear it down, according to Dane Graziano of Show Management, the company that operates the show.…more

Fort Lauderdale show has sizable impact on South Florida economy

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is big business for local companies. That’s according to an article in the Orlando Sun-Sentinel, which says that because the show has a $500 million economic impact in South Florida businesses have been busily prepping for the event, which attracts about 100,000 people annually. Among them are marine businesses…more

AT&T to deploy portable cell tower at Fort Lauderdale show

AT&T is making a $100,000 investment to try to improve cellular and Wi-Fi service at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The company is bringing in a Cell site on Wheels, or COW, and has set up a mobile tower across the street from Bahia Mar in anticipation of a high number of cellphone…more

Show Management wins award for boat-show app

Show Management, which manages and produces five major boat shows in Florida, including the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, announced that its mobile app, MyBoatShow, won a 2012 W3 Gold Award from the International Academy of the Visual Arts. Fewer than 10 percent of more than 3,000 entries were selected as gold-level winners. The W3…more

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