About 105,000 buyers, sellers and browsers visited the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this year, a 7 percent increase over last year’s attendance, according to a statement from show producers.
This year also saw an overall increase of 4 percent in the number of boats on display in the water, with a 9 percent jump in new boats under 100 feet and 10 percent growth in the number of brokerage, or pre-owned, boats over 100 feet.
“Informa’s investments in the show delivered a superior visitor experience to previous shows,” stated Andrew Doole, general manager of Informa, the show’s producer. “Excellent weather, a robust economy, realigned marketing efforts and a huge selection of new product offerings brought energetic crowds to the docks and exhibits daily.”
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show contributes $11.5 billion to the region’s economy and supports the sustainability of 136,000 marine industry jobs in South Florida. The show is owned and presented by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and managed and produced by Informa Exhibitions.