Organisers of the Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) today reported a 6% increase in attendance for the latest show compared to 2013. Show Management said in a statement that it was the highest attendance since 2006.
The statement said that exhibitor participation at the event, which had seven locations, was up more than 3%. The number of in-water boats was up 5%. The show had more than 1,000 boats on display.
“This year’s show was a clear indication that the American yachting market has turned and both buyers and sellers are confident and back out on the docks,” said Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, CEO of Show Management, in a statement. “The overall sentiment is that this was a very successful year for the show.”
The statement quoted several exhibitors praising a positive sales environment at the show.
FLIBS had an economic impact on Broward County of about US$500m, according to local officials. In fiscal 2014, Broward County’s marine industry also accounted for US$1.5m in sales, according to a recent study. For the state of Florida, gross retail sales of boat and motor products equaled US$4.675bn for fiscal 2014, an increase of 31.3% since 2010.