Owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and produced by Informa Markets, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2019 and attracts a global audience of over 110,000 yachting and boating enthusiasts from 52 countries.
The 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will unveil Superyacht Village, a new dedicated marina and onshore exhibit space showcasing the show’s most spectacular yachts. Launching in time for the show from October 30-November 3, Superyacht Village will be hosted at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina in its new “Pier South” property, which is adjacent to the southeast corner of the 17th Street Causeway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“The growing number of large yachts exhibiting at the show continues to attract affluent buyers and superyacht charter customers,” said Andrew Doole, president of Informa US Boat Shows. “Thanks to a significant investment from Informa and Tavistock, we are able to create a unique new destination for the superyacht community within this extraordinary boat show just across from Port Everglades. We are delighted to extend our partnership with Pier Sixty-Six as they embark on an exciting future to revitalize the iconic waterfront venue that has been part of the boat show’s history since its inception.
One of Fort Lauderdale’s only venues that can accommodate vessels up to 400 feet, the 3.5-acre Superyacht Village will be framed by a remarkable display of some of the world’s most spectacular superyachts and exhibits from renowned shipyards, as well as helicopters, personal submarines, exotic and collectible automobiles and other luxury items related to the superyacht lifestyle. Plans include a destination restaurant, reserved parking, valet and private water tender services.
As part of the show’s 60th anniversary celebration, the Superyacht Village will also feature surprising and delightful experiences and discovery zones with programming running day and night. Examples include exclusive seminars dedicated to Superyacht ownership and lifestyle, fine wine and champagne tastings, luxury lifestyle pop-ups, superyacht automotive and toy interactives, awards receptions, the second annual Sunset Soiree FLIBS Best Yacht Chef Competition, and more to be announced.
The Superyacht Village will be open to all general admission ticket holders with direct access via water tenders, water taxis and shuttles from the other six show venues.
“We are honored to welcome the new Superyacht Village to Pier Sixty-Six’s new ‘Pier South’ property, which overlooks the harbor and offers superyachts the perfect place to call home,” said Jessi Blakley, Principal Director of Tavistock Development Company. “Pier Sixty-Six is one of the East Coast’s premier yachting destinations, and the Village’s exclusive offerings align with our vision for the future of our iconic property as Fort Lauderdale’s social port.”
This exciting announcement extends the impact of the enhancements unveiled at the 2018 show, including a striking new main entrance that welcomes guests to the show. New technologies at the entrance gates and ticket counters, new security screening systems and an improved bus route have resulted in faster guest flow. Creative dining and dining options, along with an elevated VIP Windward experience, helped elevate the overall show experience. A “Best of Show” award, featured on the hour-long FLIBS special airing on NBC Sports Network as part of the multi-year television engagement, added to the excitement.
Generating a substantial annual statewide economic impact of $857 million, FLIBS offers nearly $4 billion in product with show sales exceeding $508 million. The show’s seven waterfront venues include Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Pier Sixty-Six Marina, Pier Sixty-Six South and Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.