The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) has announced that the 58th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) will move to a new Wednesday-to-Sunday format beginning with the 2017 event.

Previously scheduled to run from Thursday, November 2  through Monday, November 6, the 2017 FLIBS will now run from Wednesday, November 1 through Sunday, November 5. “We decided to change the days of show after listening to strong industry feedback supporting an earlier event” said Charles McCurdy, chief executive for show owner Informa. “We worked diligently with all stakeholders involved, including exhibitors, venues, local hoteliers and the MIASF to ensure a seamless transition and build upon the strength of this annual event in the Yachting Capital of the Word.”

“Over the past 57 years, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has evolved from a local boat show into a truly international exhibition,” added Phil Purcell, CEO of MIASF. “In today’s world of financial transactions, it is no longer necessary to use Monday as a banking day, and with more frequent client visits and exhibitor opportunities on Wednesday, we think it’s in the best interest of both exhibitors and consumers to activate the Wednesday of show week and deactivate Monday.”

The largest in-water boat show in the world, FLIBS takes place at seven locations in the Fort Lauderdale area including the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel and Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Marina, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

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