Attendance, Exhibitors and Sales All Up At FLIBS

The 51st annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show delivered an overall increase over last year in attendance, number of exhibitors and sales, according to show organizers. 

Attendance at this year's show was up five percent overall and significantly more during prime selling days on Thursday through Saturday. Saturday alone was up 23 percent according to Show Management CEO Efrem Zimbalist III. 

“In addition to an increase in the number of attendees, the quality of attendance was excellent and exhibitors reported strong interest from the crowds,” said Zimbalist. 

The number of exhibitors also was up after two years of declining numbers, with a total of 1,087 exhibitors this year. New exhibitions this year included a new and improved electronics tent, the Blue Wild Dive and Travel Show and IGFA Fishing Clinics.

From October 28 through November 1, 2010, the largest in-water boat show in the world featured more than US$3 billion worth of boats and marine equipment at five Miami locations.