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Exhibitors report high demand in Fort Lauderdale

This year's show was the largest it has ever been in terms of overall square footage of exhibit space.
In terms of exhibit space, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show was the largest in the event’s history this year.

In terms of exhibit space, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show was the largest in the event’s history this year.

The 56th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show wrapped up Nov. 9 and organizers say all signs point to another successful year for what some refer to as a "Super Bowl" of boating events.

This year's show was the largest it has ever been in terms of overall square footage of exhibit space.

"Initial feedback from many exhibitors tells us that this was a truly successful event, that demand from buyers is strong, and that many segments of the boating market are once again prospering," Efrem "Skip" Zimbalist III, president of Show Management, the company that has managed and produced the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show since 1976, said in a statement.

"Exhibitors have told us that a large amount of inventory was sold at the show this year, including a Bugatti Gran Turismo sold for $1.5 million by Fort Lauderdale Collection South."

Show Management and Soundings Trade Only are owned by Active Interest Media.

The first two days of the show (Nov. 5 and 6) were busy, with attendance up 10 percent from 2014. Overall show attendance decreased 2.7 percent, compared with the previous year, but Show Management had plenty of good news to share.

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