FLIBS Turns 60; Adds Superyacht Village and Marina

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Exhibit space at the 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) has surpassed 3-million square feet with the addition of Superyacht Village and Marina. Befitting of FLIBS 60th anniversary, this new dedicated marina and on-land exhibition space that will display the largest and fanciest pleasure craft that will be sailing the most exclusive of the Seven Seas.

The Superyacht Village will cover 3.5 acres at the new Pier South property of the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina.

Informa U.S. Boat Shows, in cooperation with Tavistock Development Company and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), announced the debut of this 7th site as part of the boat show’s 60th anniversary.

One of the only venues in Fort Lauderdale that can accommodate vessels up to 400 feet, Superyacht Village will host a notable display rows of tony yachts, helicopters, and even personal submarines. The new section will also be populated with displays of luxury automobiles and other swanky accoutrements of what Informa called the “superyacht lifestyle.” Plans include a destination restaurant, reserved parking, valet and private water tender services.

“The growing number of large yachts exhibiting at the show continues to attract affluent buyers and superyacht charter clients,” said Andrew Doole, President of Informa U.S. Boat Shows. “Thanks to a large investment by Informa and Tavistock Development Company, we are able to create a new, unique destination for the superyacht community within this extraordinary boat show.”

Superyacht Village will be open to all FLIBS attendees and connected from the show’s other six exhibit venues by shuttle bus or water taxi.

Along with an up-close look at the latest in floating opulence, visitors will find champagne and wine tastings, music, and the annual crowd favorite Best Yacht Chef competition. the Superyacht Village will also feature surprise and delight experiences and areas of discovery with programming taking place both day and night.

The 60th annual FLIBS takes place Oct. 30-Nov.3. and is expected to draw around 1,200 exhibiting companies and 1,500 boats; attendance is projected at 110,000.

The show is owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and produced by Informa.

Reach Andrew Doole at (954) 764-7642 or andrew.doole@informa.com.