The 64th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show concluded on the sun-kissed South Florida coast on Sunday, marking the successful culmination of a vibrant five-day showcase of maritime excellence. This year’s event boasted a remarkable array of yachts, exhibitors, and industry experts. Showcasing a dedicated commitment to sustainability and innovation, the event featured initiatives such as reduced single-use plastics, recycling programs, and informative seminars, echoing a collective industry effort towards a greener future. Looking ahead, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is set to make a return to the coastal city next year, promising another exceptional display of marine ingenuity and camaraderie.
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) 2023 has drawn to a close after five sunny days on the South Florida coast. The 64th annual show closed out on Sunday 29 October, following an impressive lineup of yachts, exhibitors, and experts from the marine industry.
This year’s show saw the return of all seven show sites – the first time since 2019. FLIBS transformed Fort Lauderdale’s iconic marinas and the Broward County Convention Center to showcase a diverse range of products, aimed at creating a sea of opportunities for consumers, industry professionals, and spectators to explore.
“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our community partners and exhibitors for their unwavering dedication and collaborative spirit in putting together this wonderful event,” explained Phil Purcell, CEO/President of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and Andrew Doole, President of U.S. Boat Shows at Informa Markets.
The key focus of FLIBS 2023 was sustainability and innovation, with initiatives such as the reduction of single-use plastics in favour of more eco-friendly options, on-site recycling programs, water refilling stations, and sustainability seminars taking place across the show.
“The success of this year’s show is a testament to the steadfast support our industry receives from the City of Fort Lauderdale,” concluded Phil Purcell and Andrew Doole.
In collaboration with Informa Markets and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will return to Fort Lauderdale next year between 30 October and 3 November, 2024.