53rd Annual FLIBS announces show enhancements
Photos by Maarten Janssen
Now entering its 53rd year, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show have developed a strategic plan of exciting enhancements, scheduled to begin in 2012 and continuing to roll out over the next several years, ensuring that FLIBS remains at the forefront of the marine industry for decades to come.
Attendees at this year's show, scheduled for October 25-29 at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, will be greeted by a freshly designed show entrance and guided through the pedestrian-friendly layout with newly designed navigation and communication tools. Attractive themed areas are being created to engage each marine market's respective fans. Entertainment of various sorts, for show-goers of all ages, is being planned to create a great experience for everyone who loves to get out on the water.
Introduced at last year's show with tremendous success, the show's smartphone app,MyBoatShow, has been upgraded. Designed to help navigate the show's docks, land areas and tents, the MyBoatShow app now lets you post your favorite boat from the show directly to Facebook and to search for boats by name.
Show organizers are pleased to report that cellular phone service should improve with the addition of a mobile cell site providing more cellular network coverage. There also will be free cell phone charging stations located throughout the show.
New this year, attendees will enter the in-water portion of the show at The Bahia Mar Yachting Center through the new Performance Village, located along H/I Dock.This redesigned section of the show will feature a layout highlighting the boats and accessories comprising the performance boat market, including new boats from Cigarette and other industry leaders.
Superyachts and their builders at FLIBS will be represented inside the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) Pavilion, located on the Face Dock. The SYBAss Pavillion houses exhibitions from the world's most respected large yacht builders.
In true international boat show fashion, the Yacht Builders Tent is a "village of villages" with displays from countries including Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, British Columbia, Cayman Islands, United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
"Our objective is to ensure that FLIBS continually improves and remains the largest, most exciting and successful boat show in the world," said Efrem "Skip" Zimbalist III, chairman and CEO of Show Management.
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