A Nautical Extravaganza

Set sail into luxury at the 2023 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the boating event of the year, offering seven show locations and a thrilling array of experiences.

Preparations are underway for the 2023 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), as it gears up to welcome marine enthusiasts into the world of luxury yachts and cutting-edge boating technology. This renowned event, due to be held from October 25 to 29, is owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and produced by Informa Markets. It promises an unforgettable experience spanning seven locations, including the famed Bahia Mar Yachting Center and the Broward County Convention Center (BCCC).

“FLIBS 2023 invites guests to immerse themselves in a sensory voyage, where cutting-edge design, state-of-the-art technology and sustainable initiatives converge to redefine the future of boating,” said Andrew Doole, President of U.S. Boat Shows with Informa Markets. “With a legacy spanning over six decades and bringing over USD1.79 billion into the state’s annual economy, FLIBS continues to set new standards for excellence, becoming an unrivalled platform for marine enthusiasts, industry professionals and luxury aficionados.”

Commenting on the show, Phil Purcell, CEO/President of the MIASF, said that the marine industry and FLIBS have long been integral to the region’s prosperity, in both the local economy and on a national stage. “As demand skyrockets, FLIBS 2023 is primed to shine on an unrivalled stage, allowing the boating industry to proudly present its finest offerings, all while embracing a future of sustained success,” he added.

Unmissable Attractions

More than just boats, the FLIBS offers a complete guest experience, featuring various activations and attractions. This includes the Windward VIP Club, which provides an exclusive retreat with gourmet food options and premium open bar tastings. VIP ticket holders can take advantage of early access to the show and receive a one-of-a-kind gift bag.

For a culinary experience, the event offers more than 100 food concessions and satellite bars throughout the show, including the Island Cocktail Barge. The AquaZone, located inside the BCCC, features an exciting exhibition that allows visitors to engage with water sports and innovative marine products. For families, the Kids Corner offers face painting, marine arts and crafts, as well as kids’ fishing clinics.

Educational Seminars, in partnership with the Marine Research Hub, FWC Officers and Ocean Rescue Alliance, provide an opportunity for guests to learn from industry experts.

What to Expect

To make the most of FLIBS, the two-day tickets offer an ideal chance for attendees to enjoy the sunshine and stunning views of the latest developments in the marine industry, while exploring all seven unique locations. Visitors can expect an exciting line-up of premieres from the world’s leading manufacturers, including Tiara, Majesty Yachts, Princess Yachts, Sunreef Yachts and Sportsman Boats.

For the best hassle-free experience, start your boat show adventure at the BCCC, the official FLIBS Transportation Hub, which has more than 3,000 parking spots and convenient shuttle and water taxi services connecting all seven show sites. The BCCC will also feature an impressive display of fishing boats, runabouts, cruisers, marine accessories, fishing gear, diving equipment and personal watercraft. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to closely examine a diverse selection of vehicles from Ford, FLIBS’ Truck and Towing Partner.

Those travelling from Orlando, Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Aventura or Miami, should consider utilising Brightline. This express rail service offers a convenient, traffic-free journey to Fort Lauderdale, with complimentary shuttle service from the station to the Riverside Hotel.

Visit FLIBS’ official website for purchasing tickets, which will allow access to all seven locations, and more information.