Southern Boating

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The 59th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

A new look will greet guests at the 59th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) as they enter through a revamped entrance, more efficient security and a dedicated VIP and exhibitor gate.

“First impressions are crucial, which is why we are creating a professionally designed, dedicated show entrance with a thoughtful layout and other elements of convenience for guests and exhibitors,” says Andrew Doole, general manager of Informa U.S. Boat Show. “Wherever you are in the show, and whether you want to grab a cold drink, a snack or a gourmet meal, we want it to be easy and satisfying.”

One of the most noteworthy changes to the 2018 show, set to take place October 31 to November 4, is the redesign and repositioning of the main entrance several hundred yards to the north side of the Bahia Mar Hotel and Marina property along Seabreeze Boulevard just south of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and Marina.

Owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and produced by Informa, FLIBS is recognized as the largest in-water boat show in the world. FLIBS spans more than three million square feet of exhibit space across seven waterfront locations that are connected by an intricate network of water and ground transportation services. The five-day show attracts approximately 110,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibitors representing 52 countries with more than 1,500 boats on display.

The show runs October 31 – November 4, 2018. Find more information at flibs.com.

Here’s a pre-show glance at some of the most exciting new boats from 50 builders that will be on display at the docks and the Convention Center, a roundup of the marine industry’s best for 2018-2019.