More new attractions are on tap for the 55th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which runs Oct. 30 to Nov. 3 at seven city locations.
Joining the show's lineup of new offerings will be the Boat Show Film Festival and AquaZone by Nautical Ventures, show organizers announced recently.
Located at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center site, AquaZone will feature live paddleboard, kayak, hovercraft and free-dive demos in a 25-foot-by-50-foot, 15,000-gallon pool.
Nautical Ventures will have 11 vendors doing demos in the AquaZone," said Frank Ferraro, a spokesman for the Dania Beach-based watersports superstore. "It's going to be pretty cool" for show-goers.
The film festival, also at the convention center, will showcase flicks from the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and Guy Harvey Ocean Conservancy, among others.
On opening day, the show's owner — Marine Industries Association of South Florida — will announce findings of a new economic impact study on the marine industry in Broward County and South Florida.
Based on 2010 data, Broward's marine sector generated 90,000 jobs and $7 billion in economic impact, the trade group's research show.
But officials say it's time for an update on the industry's economic contribution to better reflect any gains in the rebounding economy.
A new economic impact of the boat show, which is estimated at $500 million, is also in the pipeline and expected to be released in the near future, according to Show Management, the event's producer and manager.
In July, Show Management announced the boat show was adding a seventh location (Pier 66 Marina) and several new dining options, including a pop-up restaurant operated by Hugh's Culinary at the Hall of Fame Marina show site.
"Year after year, our goal for the show is to enhance the overall experience for visitors and offer industry professionals the best platform to conduct business," said Show Management CEO Efrem "Skip" Zimbalist III, in a statement.
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Luxury yachts line the Intracoastal Waterway during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Jim Rassol/ Sun Sentinel. (Jim Rassol, Sun Sentinel)