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.

Some boat companies split their fleets. Smaller boats go to the convention center, and the big models are berthed at the Bahia Mar.

$100M a day in direct sales

It’s known as the boat show where people come to buy — and as such, the 57th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is stepping up its sophistication factor this year to accommodate the droves of people who come not just to browse, but also to close on a new boat.

Columbus Yachts will display 131-footer at FLIBS

Columbus Yachts, a brand of the Italian Palumbo Group S.p.A., will bring its M/Y Eleonora III — the first model of the 40-meter Sport Hybrid series — to the Nov. 3-7 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show for her U.S. debut.

Fort Lauderdale show debuts travel contest

Organizers of the 57th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show have announced a call for entries for the show’s first travel contest, “Bring a Friend to FLIBS,” in partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Boat Show Hotels, the show’s official travel partner.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show spreads across six locations, but the Bahia Mar is the main venue.

Developer drops Bahia Mar upgrade

The development company that holds the lease on the Bahia Mar Resort and Yachting Center — the main venue of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show — has withdrawn its application to redevelop the property, with partner Jimmy Tate saying that after recent events the project “is no longer economically viable for us.”

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