Fort Lauderdale celebrates 53 years of all things boating

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
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The world’s largest in-water boat show, the 52nd Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), will run 27 October to 31 October and is a magnet for superyacht owners, buyers and charterers, with an impressive variety of yachts for sale and charter as well as brand new yachts from the world’s top shipyards.

John Nigro of organisers, Show Management is director of land, booth display exhibits and operations manager for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat show, a role he's held for the past decade.

The show runs from Oct. 27 to Oct 31 and spans six sites: the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, the Las Olas Municipal Marina, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, the Broward County Convention Center and the Sails Marina and features 1,000 boats in-water and 800 on land across all of the show sites.

Nigro's job is to facilitate permits, logistics and set ups so they exhibitors can display the US$3 billion worth of boats, yachts, super yachts, electronics, engines and boating accessories from marine manufacturers and boat builders around the world.

Additional vendors to complement the boating lifestyle include those displaying exotic cars and selling clothing and jewellery. Marine seminars, fishing clinics, entertainment and food add to the program.

The show begins early for Nigro and his team of 50 people. They start their tasks about three months in advance of the event.

More at www.showmanagement.com/event/