FLIBS Readies for November 1 Opening

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has shifted its five-day run to open a day earlier on Wednesday, November 1 (Prime Time Preview day) through Sunday, November 5. Informa Exhibitions, the company that earlier this year purchased Show Management, the company that managed the FLIBS since 1976, is enhancing aspects of the event and working to develop year-round interaction between the industry, consumers and exhibitors. The show is owned and presented by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF).

Billed as the largest in-water boat show in the world, FLIBS takes place at seven locations connected by a network of water and land transportation. Show locations include the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Marina, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

The media center for the show is at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, 2nd floor, Harbor Lights Room. It will be open Tuesday, October 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, November 1st through Sunday, November 5th during boat show hours.  An online newsroom is at http://media.showmanagement.com/. Media contacts for FLIBS are Daniel Grant, dgrant@piersongrant.com and Marielle Sologuren, msologuren@piersongrant.com.

BWI will offer two events for members at FLIBS:

BWI / Marlink FLIBS Hospitality
Join BWI members for a cold one, some snacks and the opportunity to network, catch up, compare notes on the first day of the show or just escape from the docks. Before heading out for evening appointments, stop by on Wednesday November 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. in State Room A/B on the mezzanine level of the Bahia Mar Yachting Center. Sponsor for this event is Marlink, the satellite communications and electronics firm.

BWI / ZF Marine Breakfast Social
Celebrating its 6th year, ZF Marine is again hosting the BWI Breakfast Social for BWI members on Thursday November 1. Marketing Manager Martin Meissner notes, “Get into the show while things are still quiet, enjoy a great breakfast, and then hit the docks ready for your day.” Breakfast runs from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the ZF Marine booth – 1042, right beside the Engine Tent and just inside the South Gate entrance to the show at Bahia Mar.