FLIBS exhibit space sells out

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The more than 3 million square feet of exhibit space, both on land and in water, that will make up the 2005 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is sold out, organizers reported in a release yesterday.

The 46th edition of the show, to be held Oct. 27 – 31, will cover six sites and feature more than $1.6 billion worth of boats, yachts, superyachts and accessories from marine manufacturers and boatbuilders worldwide.

“We’re anticipating a very upbeat show based on feedback we’ve been receiving from exhibitors and also from visitors who have made travel plans just for the event,” said Kaye Pearson, president of Yachting Promotions, Inc., which produces the event. “Major South Florida hotels are reporting all rooms filled or nearly filled and strong pre-show national and international credential requests are significant indicators for a very strong show.”

Last year, an estimated $600 million in sales resulted from the show. South Florida also benefited greatly from the event with an economic impact of more than $600 million, according to the release.

The show is owned and sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and is managed by Yachting Promotions, Inc.

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