The Marine Industries Association of South Florida and Informa U.S. Boat Shows announce county and city support for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) from October 28 to November 1.
The five-day outdoor boat show will be held to Informa Markets’ AllSecure health and safety standards designed to create an experience that prioritizes the protection of all participants, exhibitors, crew members and staff.
Andrew Doole, President of Informa U.S. Boat Shows, said: “FLIBS is an important economic driver for the marine industry and the surrounding community. We recognize the importance of the show and have spoken with key stakeholders, clients and local government officials, and the resounding response has been in support of this fall’s outdoor event. We have worked diligently to develop a plan so that each person attending the show can do so with confidence. We are grateful for the support of our elected officials and our community.”
Fort Lauderdale’s mayor, Dean Trantalis, issued a statement saying, “I am extremely pleased that the County Commission today gave a clear indication that the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show can take place as scheduled next month. It is critical that our economy gets back on track. The upcoming Boat Show is critical to achieving this goal because the show has a major positive economic impact on Fort Lauderdale by supporting local businesses and their employees. We have worked with the Boat Show to put together a solid plan to ensure that it takes place safely.”
FLIBS is the largest boat show on water in the world, with more than 80 percent of the show taking place in outdoor spaces covering nearly 90 acres. In its 61 years of history, FLIBS has never been cancelled, despite various threats such as hurricanes and economic crises, thanks to the continued support of the boating community. In 2019, the show generated an economic impact of $1.3 billion for the state of Florida and more than 8,000 full-time jobs were associated with the show.
MIASF CEO/President Phil Purcell added, “FLIBS is an opportunity to revive the local and state economy through direct sales, as well as hotel stays, transportation, meals and recreational activities. Our shore-based activities benefit from the show as much as our maritime activities. We are pleased that our local officials continue to recognize the importance of this event.”
Security measures include the creation of new entrances to avoid crowds (14 in total), expanded docks, thermal imaging systems for temperature control and high-speed sanitizing systems with HEPA filters. The masks will be requested to all participants.
To help visitors, the FLIBS organizers have produced the following informative video.