More than 110,000 attendees from 52 countries gathered for the 59th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which took place Oct. 31-Nov. 4.
“Our goal was to create a fresh event for guests and an even more successful sales environment for exhibitors, and judging by the extremely positive feedback, we succeeded on both those fronts and more,” said Informa U.S. Boat Shows general manager Andrew Doole in a statement.
“The success of the show is due in large part to the teamwork of many very talented, dedicated people and excellent new partnerships.”
"Great weather and a good economy are always welcomed at the boat show and this year we were lucky to have both," said Marine Industries Association of South Florida CEO and resident Phil Purcell. MIASF owns the show and it’s produced by Informa.
"With outdoor recreation comprising 2 percent of the U.S. GDP, and 50 percent of that dedicated to boating and fishing, we know FLIBS is an important economic driver, and with NBC Sports Network filming at the show this year, we had additional opportunities to showcase the size and scope of the show and our industry."
Gate attendance was up over the 2017 show and there was a 5 percent increase in boats on display from 100 to 126 feet, organizers said.
“Larger boats were definitely in play during the five days and our ability to have inventory in stock 60 to 122 feet was a decided advantage as buyers were ready to reward themselves immediately,” said Chuck Cashman, executive vice president and chief revenue officer for MarineMax.
“This year’s Fort Lauderdale boat show was a smashing success for Nautical Ventures and we’ve sold over 30 boats and close to $4 million dollars in sales just one week after the end of the show, including revenues from our AquaZone exhibition,“ said Roger Moore, CEO of Nautical Ventures, which had 51 boats on display at the Bahia Mar and Convention Center locations. “Axopar and Blackfin Boats represented the lion’s share of our boat sales, but we had a good cross section of sales across all lines. There are still many boat show leads to be followed up on and we’re forecasting another million dollars in boat show related sales by the end of November.”