MIASF signs 30-year contract with Show Management March 24, 2016
The Marine Industries Association of South Florida and Show Management have signed a 30-year agreement to produce the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
“Our marine industry has become a prominent job creator, and our region is a world-leading marine sales, refit and repair hub,” said Phil Purcell, executive director of the MIASF, which owns the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. “This agreement assures the show’s future leadership presence in our region and within the marine community.”
Show Management specializes in boat show production and has been producing the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show since 1976, the year the show moved to the Bahia Mar Yachting Center. The Show Management team and MIASF board celebrated with a dinner at the Riverside Hotel on March 8.
“The success of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has been made possible through the close partnership among the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, the City of Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, and Show Management,” said Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, chairman of Active Interest Media and president of Show Management, which was purchased by Active Interest Media in 2006. “It simply would not be possible without the dedication of all parties involved.”
He added, “All of us at Show Management are honored to have been selected to operate the show through 2046, and will continue dedicating all of our resources to ensure that FLIBS remains the largest and best boat show in the world.”
The 57th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will take place Nov. 3 through 7, 2016. A far cry from its humble start in 1959 as an exhibit by local boat dealers in Fort Lauderdale’s War Memorial Auditorium, the world’s largest in-water boat show now spans seven locations with more than 3 million square feet of space, including six marinas and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, all connected by a network of water taxis, riverboats and shuttles.
“The contract was a result of a well thought out and balanced negotiation process that builds on a relationship that was formed in 1975,” Purcell said. “It continues the collaboration with the promoter that ensures growth for the show and industry it supports while continuing to evolve it so it remains a world-class and industry leading event, not just for the 5 days it’s held but the other 360 days of the year, and ensures that the 136,000 jobs it supports continue to benefit from its presence.”