This year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will see the unveiling of a brand new Superyacht Village at Pier 66 South. Already the largest in-water boat show in the world, this new dedicated marina and on-land exhibition space will expand FLIBS 2019 to over three million square feet and is the seventh site to be in use at the show. Photo: Informa Exhibitions The announcement of the new site was made by the organisers, Informa U.S. Boat Shows, in cooperation with Tavistock Development Company and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF). The show will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2019 and attracts more than 110,000 yachting and boating enthusiasts from 52 countries each year.
The new Superyacht Village will be hosted at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina at its new “Pier South” property, which is adjacent to the southeast corner of the 17th Street Causeway Bridge in Fort Lauderdale. As one of few venues in Fort Lauderdale that can host vessels up to 400 feet (121 metres), the 3.5-acre Superyacht Village will also host displays of helicopters, personal submarines, collectable cars and more. The Village will be open to all general admission ticket holders with access provided by water tenders and shuttle bus routes from the show’s other six locations.
“We are honoured to host the new Superyacht Village at Pier Sixty-Six’s new ‘Pier South’ property, which overlooks the Port and offers superyachts the perfect place to call home,” commented Jessi Blakley, senior director of Tavistock Development Company. “Pier Sixty-Six is one of the East Coast’s premier yachting destinations, and the exclusive offerings of the Village align with our vision for the future of our iconic property as the social harbor of Fort Lauderdale.”
Plans for the village also include a destination restaurant, reserved parking, valet and private water tender services, with events to be hosted at the village including wine and champagne tastings, concerts, pop-up luxury fashion and jewellery exhibits, automotive and superyacht toy interactives, award receptions, seminars, and the second annual FLIBS Best Yacht Chef Competition.Photo: Informa Exhibitions “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, we are able to create a new, unique destination for the superyacht community within this extraordinary boat show directly across from Port Everglades. We are excited to expand 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 history since its inception.”