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.

Lauderdale show announces emissions pledge

Show Management, producer of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, said it will offset 100 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions from its electricity and fuel use at the 2010 boat show. These carbon offsets will prevent more than 264 tons of global carbon dioxide pollution. A carbon offset is a financial instrument aimed at…more

PR firm named for four Florida boat shows

Pierson Grant Public Relations was named the agency of record for Show Management, the company that produces and manages the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, the Palm Beach International Boat Show and the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show. The agency will be responsible for consumer and…more

International Superyacht Society sets Lauderdale schedule

The International Superyacht Society announced dates for activities to be held during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The annual membership meeting and breakfast is set for 8 a.m. Oct. 27 with a presentation titled, “Antarctica & Patagonia: The Ultimate Destinations for Superyachts.” The 20th anniversary ISS awards for design and leadership will be presented…more

MIAF elects new officers

The Marine Industries Association of Florida announced its new officers for 2010: President: John Yudin, Guy, Yudin & Foster, LLC 1st vice president: Frank Donohue, Dream Harbors 2nd vice president: Paula Fulton, BMC Boats, Inc. Treasurer: Brett Hinely, Blue Water Bay Marina Secretary: Hans Wilson, Hans Wilson & Associates, Inc. Immediate past president: Michael Kiefer,…more

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

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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

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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

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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

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