The 2010 Fort Lauderdale Int. Boat Show was very successful for IYC and TSGYP (The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals, now part of IYC). According to Jennifer Saia, Executive Director - Luxury Yacht Vacation Division for IYC & TSGYP, she could not have been more pleased.
When asked recently what her impression was, she said, "I honestly did not have enough hours in the day to handle the scheduled pre-appointments with repeat clients, plus the new clients that I met on the docks or that were referred by existing clients. A lot of my personal charter appointments were centered on future bookings, March through September 2011 which is a nice change from the totally last minute market we've seen over the last years".
Saia continued, "This said, we had one very significant booking on a large Trinity for the Holidays that came directly from the Show and I'm working a couple of other Holiday bookings with clients that I toured vessels with during FLIBS. I hope the Show proves to fill the gap for a few vessels' calendars that were/are still open for the Holiday's".
Saia added, "With the news of IYC acquiring TSGYP less than 2 weeks prior to the Show, our combined displays were very busy with industry people and clients congratulating us on the merger of two like-minded firms to make one powerful company in the yachting industry, especially adding a very strong Luxury Yacht Vacation Division of talented and knowledgeable Charter Agents that Sacks brought to IYC's equation, including LeAnn Morris Pliske, Barbara Stork, Ali Kaufmann, and Ann E. McHorney."
When asked about the show, Brian Tansey, VP. of IYC., said, "After our recent expansion through the acquisition of TSYGP., we had quite the presence or staff this year. The Fort Lauderdale show has always been a significant brokerage, charter and management venue for us and I am delighted to say 2010 was very successful for us. It was truly refreshing to see the industry moving in a forward direction, there was a lot of activity on the dock including many active buyers."