Boat show expansion plans include new businesses September 3, 2014

By Arlene Satchell, Sun Sentinel
8:02 p.m. EDT, August 29, 2014

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show packs an economic punch in Broward County that’s even bigger than the Super Bowl. But even the world’s largest in-water boat show has more room to grow, organizers say.

One way growth can occur is by boosting the signature boat show’s international profile beyond the marine industry.

To help accomplish that, show owner Marine Industries Association of South Florida is partnering with Broward’s public-private economic development agency and its official tourism marketer to host a first-ever business-building luncheon on its opening day.

The 55th edition boat show runs Oct. 30 through Nov. 3 at seven sites around Fort Lauderdale, including Pier 66 Marina and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

The partners will use the luncheon to showcase the impact of the boat show and the benefits of doing business in Broward to top company executives from several key sectors as well as foreign diplomats from 18 international countries.

“The goal is to highlight Broward County as a whole for everything it has to offer,” said Phil Purcell, executive director of the Fort Lauderdale-based marine trade group. “We’re a marine hub to the world that’s like no other.”

Some of those highlights will include the boat show’s $500 million economic impact in Broward and the 90,000 local jobs the county’s marine industry is responsible for creating, Purcell noted.

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