Moncada is preparing FLIBS.

Moncada is preparing FLIBS.

One more year Moncada Hispania Boutique is working hard to have everything ready for the upcoming season in the Sates and the Caribbean. Keep following us, as there will be important news regarding our products that will be really interesting for our clients in the States.

In Moncada Hispania Boutique we are always searching to improve our services, that is why we are preparing to attend to one of the most important yacht shows, The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) that will host the 56th Edition from November 5th-9th, as usual in "The yachting capital of the world".

It was in  1959 when a group of boat manufacturers and dealers met at the War Memorial Auditorium, trying to search a way to sell boats becoming the official beginning of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Headed by Robert Cox the founder of Lauderdale Marina and organized by Marine Industries Association of South Florida, the show counted with 13 exhibitors.  The second year of the show there were 20 ( land and water) exhibitors at the Pier 66 in Lauderdale Marina. The show was known in that edition as the Fort Lauderdale Association Marina Boat Show. In those first editions, there was no admission fees and also no exhibitor fees, making easier for both attenders and exhibitors join the show.

It was in 1970 when the show moved for three years to Port Everglades because more space was needed. Admission fee was charged for first in that edition and it was known as Marine Industry Association Summer Boat Show.  The purchase of the shipyard in New River in Fort Lauderdale by two men was a turning point for the boatshow, one of them was Kaye Perason who became  heavily involved with the Marine Industry Association short after.

In 1973 they moved once again to Dainia Jai Alai Palace searching for more indoor space but had no water moving in 1974 and 1975 to New River Downtown.

FLIBS Posters

1976 marked a new beginning for the event thanks to Kaye Pearson and G Gordon Houser and three important changes:

  • The show was renamed Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

-They moved the dates of celebration of the show

  • Moved to a new Location Bahia Mar resort.

This with other news as a Printed program, more advertising of the event and other additions as entertainment, exhibitors party, fishing lessons, kids area....made the show raise up to 103 exhibitors on the first Bahia Mar Edition.

1982 the show came back to Port Everglades, but due to problems on Sunday it was cancelled and returned after this in 1983 to Bahia Mar growing, so the next years more decks were added reaching in 1985, 900 exhibitors and became America most entertaining Boat Show.

The show was growing each year so in 1991 a second location was added to the show as more undercovered exhibitors space was needed, it was the Convention Center.

The years after also the yachts space was increasing year after year adding Pier 66, Marriot Marina, and also floating docks, arriving in the 50th edition to reach 155 mega yachts in the show over 100 feet long.

Nowadays the show receives exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. It is a show open to anyone interested in it not just professionals, and it´s a meeting point also for celebrities, sportsmen, Hollywood stars, models, governments.... Also the media coverage of the show is really important with 2 pressrooms attended by shows as Early Show, Today Show, Good Morning America, TV channels as CNB, Fox News, Reuters, Travel Channel... or newspapers as New York Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal....

Moncada Hispania Boutique will be there always looking to be  adapted to the needs of this  changing market. Will you?