Captain's Chair - FLIBS
At MIASF, we applaud the leadership team at Informa Markets U.S. Boat Shows for making the decision to produce the 61st annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which starts on October 28th and ends on November 1st. As one of the world’s largest trade show producers, Informa is leading by example and providing critical support to not just the marine industry, but the lateral industries of tourism and hospitality, and the overall community that relies on the show’s economic impact throughout the rest of the year.
Not much about 2020 has been typical since the pandemic hit the U.S., so, yes, the show will look a little different than it has in recent years and it will be punctuated with extensive new health and safety precautions and protocols that will offer confidence to visitors, guests, exhibitors, staff, and crew as they move about the show’s expansive outdoor sites. Online tickets sales indicate that Americans are ready to enjoy a fun outdoor event, and attendees can expect to see their favorite brands, several debut yachts, hundreds of vessels of every size, and all the accessories and services imaginable – just like always.
I am very proud of the more than 60 MIASF members who will be exhibiting at the show and contributing to its success by spurring the economy and safeguarding the industry. I believe it is incumbent upon all MIASF members to support the show in whatever ways possible within each person’s health and safety comfort zone, whether that’s exhibiting, buying tickets, accessing the B2B opportunities, or using social media channels to share positive messages about the importance of the show.
While I sincerely hope for a speedy economic recovery, the imperative to develop and deploy safe and secure ways to continue doing business is one we should take seriously, whether it’s in response to the current situation or any crisis in the future. In its 61-year history, FLIBS has never been cancelled because of the resilience of this industry and the support of the community.
Thank you for all you’ve done and all you’re doing to make the boat show successful. I look forward to seeing you there.