Plans are moving forward for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) from Oct. 27 to 31 at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center (801 Seabreeze Blvd). The outdoor event features boats and yachts of all sizes, along with the latest marine exhibits and products. After the 2020 show was downsized due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers are eager to return to the show’s mega-sized roots.
“We are excited to welcome back the global community of visitors and exhibitors to the 2021 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,” says Andrew Doole, president of U.S. Boat Shows with Informa Markets, who produces the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. “In 2020, Informa was able to host an incredibly successful event that exceeded industry expectations despite the pandemic, and we anticipate that the 2021 boat show will raise the bar even higher for boating exhibitions.”
As the demand for boating products and accessories reaches an all-time high, the annual event provides consumers the chance to mingle with exhibitors to see first-hand how newly released products enhance the boating experience.
“The marine industry has been fortunate to experience unprecedented success over the last year,” says Phil Purcell, CEO and president of the Marine Industries of South Florida. “South Florida is honored to host for the 62nd time the premier yachting exhibition that is the world’s largest in-water boat show. Area manufacturers, brokers, and marine service professionals whose businesses impact the local economy all year will be joined by their global counterparts showcasing the best products and services the industry has to offer.”
With the majority of the show (80%) in open-air outdoor spaces, FLIBS will provide safety precautions for exhibitors, visitors and the local community to enjoy the popular boat show.
Attractions to be featured at the 2021 show include:
- Superyacht Village: Features the world’s most incredible superyachts and exhibits, including renowned shipyards, personal submarines and exotic collectible automotive items.
- Windward VIP Club: This exclusive indoor and outdoor area features excellent water views with an open bar and gourmet food pairings.
- AquaZone: This attraction is designed to give attendees a chance to see various water sports and innovative marine products.
- Hook the Future: Captain Don Dingman is hosting fishing clinics tailored to children ages 4 to 16 that will feature interactive instruction in choosing tackle and lures, casting a rod and reel, and reeling in a fish and fishing ethics practices.