FLIBS preview gives inside look at Bahia Mar updates September 22, 2015

The boat show and its exhibitors will be the top priority during renovations to Bahia Mar Yachting Center, executives from Show Management and the hotel’s owners told MIASF members at a FLIBS preview event this month.

More than 100 people attended the member meeting at Bahia Mar on Sept. 16, where presenters from Show Management, QuintEvents and Bahia Mar gave them an insider look at what’s on the horizon for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Brett Keating, vice president of consumer marketing Show Management, gave details about the new FLIBS website that was just launched (, the Blue Party, the first-ever media center at the show and the new text messaging service that will be available. For the Blue Party, each exhibitor in the convention center will get tickets to distribute to their friends or clients, and sponsors will get tickets to distribute as well.

Then Jimmy Tate, president of Tate Capital, one of the project’s investors, and Bob Christoph Jr., president of the RCI Group, revealed ambitious plans for the future development of Bahia Mar. They presented renderings of site plans including a new hotel, north and south condo towers, offices, a five-story parking garage and much more.

“It’s going to turn Bahia Mar into an unbelievable first-class venue and an unbelievable place to work, live and stay,” Tate said.

Currently Bahia Mar has 35,000 square feet of exhibition space for the show, and the new resort eventually will have 248,000 square feet of exhibition space, Tate said.

“We’re going to create a venue that is going to allow your show to be first class,” he told attendees.

The resort will also feature a Marina Village, an open-air promenade with restaurants, bars and shops with views of the marina that will be open to the community. Features include a signature restaurant, a ½ mile promenade, docks where boats can pick up and drop people off, a trolley with three stops, a fitness center, and an amenities deck that can be used for VIP or private parties during the boat show, all made with green materials.

Tate said the project will take about seven to eight years to complete and the total cost of all the phases will be around $1 billion.

And Andrew Doole, senior vice president and COO of Show Management, discussed the logistics during the renovations, including the current and future layout of the show, the flow and how everything will work during each phase.

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