As one of the main international and US yachting events of the year, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (or FLIBS) is the perfect occasion to follow-up after the buzz created by the Monaco Yacht Show every year. The 2019 edition will take place from October 30th until November 3rd and is called to be a major event for the American market as celebrating its 60th anniversary. The numbers are impressive: over than 1,500 vessels on display on 7 locations and nearly 10kms of floating docks! Being at the cutting-edge of the industry, Imperial will be present at this year FLIBS with a team of experts on the ground: our Head of Sales & Charter, Eric Lepeingle, reviewed for us the key points about the major American yacht show and why FLIBS is still considered as a must-see in the yachting industry.

1. Why attending FLIBS?

Not only being the largest show in the USA, and more generally in America, FLIBS is above all a major business platform. Following the Monaco Yacht Show, FLIBS offers a perfect continuity in exchanges and helps to keep the grip on the current brokerage and charter deals. No doubt why Imperial will ensure the presence of its team during this year’s show and make sure the contacts created at MYS 2019 with the major American brokers and clients are kept and enhanced.

2. Is it worth the journey in Florida for business purposes?

Nothing can beat face-to-face meetings. We live in the era of digitalization, therefore, and while benefitting of the buzz made by Monaco Yacht Show, FLIBS is the ideal opportunity to gather in one place with all the key people involved in US superyacht business. We make sure their focus is exclusively made on this purpose. For Imperial, the venue and the event are clearly great opportunities to perform, invest and create new boundaries with our partners to match the expectations of our clients. Emails and phone calls are a great opportunity to begin contacts, but nothing is worth meeting the real persons and understand how far we are ready to match your desires.

3. What can we expect?

Superyacht buyers will be amazed by the line-up displayed during this 2019 edition. As the largest yacht displayed, MADSUMMER (Lurssen 95m) will certainly make a splash on the US market. Among the new builds to be displayed as well, we can spot EXCELLENCE (Abeking & Rasmussen 79,95m). On the brokerage side, HERE COMES THE SUN (Amels 83m) is surely the yacht not to be missed this year. This impressive selection confirms the appeal of the region for all yacht owners and certainly the best place to settle interesting brokerage and charter deals.

Please feel free to contact our team on site during the FLIBS period and make sure you book your appointment with us. As superyacht experts with remarkable vessels available in Central Agency (136m FLYING FOX, 82m RoMEA or 55m LILI for charter; 106.10m AMADEA and others 40-50m range vessels for brokerage), we would be delighted to fulfill your needs and expectations during this Floridian rendezvous.

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