Informa Exhibitions, the world’s leading yacht show organizer, is pleased to announce that it has expanded its presence in the US with the opening of a 7,700 square foot Southeast US base at 1650 SE 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The new office will join a collection of more than 20 international offices which currently house Informa Exhibitions’ 1,400 plus colleagues, around 48 percent of which are based in the US.
The expansion follows last year’s acquisition of Yachting Promotions, Inc., which saw the addition of three of the world’s largest in-water boat shows – the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Miami Yacht Show and the Palm Beach International Boat Show – to Informa Exhibitions’ portfolio, along with the St. Petersburg Boat Show and Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota.
The combination of these five North American shows with Informa Exhibitions’ Monaco Yacht Show, the leading event of its kind in Europe, has created a scale player in this attractive and growing vertical, further strengthening Informa Exhibitions’ relationship with leading yacht brokers and builders and providing good opportunities for collaboration and cross-promotion across multiple platforms and geographies.
Ken McAvoy, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Informa Exhibitions, said:
“As one of the largest exhibitions organizers in the world, promoting the largest in-water boat show in the world, namely the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Informa Exhibitions has made a strategic decision to locate its Southeast US base in Fort Lauderdale, where it can fully leverage the logistical advantage of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, as well as renowned hotels like the Ritz-Carlton, the W, Pier 66, amongst others.”
Bob Swindell, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, the official public/private partnership for economic development in Broward County, says he welcomes Informa Exhibitions’ move to the heart of the city.
“It’s incredibly exciting that Informa Exhibitions has chosen Fort Lauderdale for its Southeast US base,” he said, adding,
“We can expect great things from them.”
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