What to expect at the Fort Lauderdale boat show

This year marks the 61st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The event is being held from October 28th – November 1st. Over the course of the five days, guests can expect to enjoy all of the highlights they’ve come to expect from the event, from viewing the largest superyachts to seeing the newest marine systems and electronics available to enhance your boating experience.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is recognized as the largest in-water boat show in the world. Spanning more than three million square-feet of in-water and on-land exhibit space across seven waterfront locations. Of course, due to the circumstances, there are additional safety measures and precautions that have been put in place to ensure the safety of each and every guest in attendance.

As the first major marine event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will be strictly adhering to the Global Bio risk Advisory Council standards to ensure the safety of everyone in attendance. Additional safety standards and measures will be implemented to provide a safe and enjoyable event experience.

Throughout the five days of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, there will be enhanced cleaning, additional handwashing stations, and contactless registration. All physical distancing requirements will be strictly adhered to. Participants will be required to wear personal protective equipment, such as a mask, gloves, and/or face shield, and First Aid will be provided at a separate quarantine area. Additionally, all food and beverage will be provided following the highest level of food safety, and include pre-packaged food and utensils.

The safety and protection of everyone in attendance, from the guests to the exhibitors is of the utmost importance. To ensure the highest level of safety for each guest at the event, here’s what to expect at the Fort Lauderdale International boat show:

  1. Contactless ticketing systems will be available online for all guests.
  2. Capacity limits will be enforced, as required by the city of Fort Lauderdale, with the gross square footage per person increasing from 14 sq ft to 30 sq ft per person.
  3. Guest relations desk and all other customer lines will have visual floor markers every six feet to maintain a safe distance between guests.
  4. The number of entrances will be increased to avoid gatherings of large groups in one area.
  5. Plexiglass dividers will be installed between staff and guests at the main entrance ticket scanning.
  6. Additional staff will be employed to handle the continuous disinfection of high-frequency touch-points and all common areas.
  7. Thermal temperature scanners will be installed at all entrances to check for elevated temperatures.
  8. Face coverings/masks will be required for all guests unless otherwise documented to suffer from a chronic preexisting condition.
  9. Hand cleaning stations will be placed throughout the event to promote regular sanitation practices.
  10. Temporary restroom models will feature individual entry to each restroom unit limiting access to one person or household/family unit at a time. Restroom areas will also offer contactless hand sanitation and hands-free flush valves.
  11. Transportation System buses and water taxis will be deep cleaned and disinfected nighty with high touch areas (grab bars, seats, handrails, counters, etc.) disinfected after each drop-off.

If you’d like to purchase tickets to attend the 61st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, you can do so by visiting the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show website. As a thank you to all Frontline Heroes of Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade Counties, hospital workers and first responders will receive a complimentary admission ticket. (Please email for details).

With all of the safety measures and precautions, guests can attend the 61st Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show with peace of mind. This event is one that so many look forward to all year and one that everyone is proud to provide in a safe and enjoyable way.