World’s Major Boat Builders and Manufacturers On Board for 46th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show(R) November 3-6, 2005

City and County Officials, Marine Industry Leaders Helping Show Producers Make It Happen in Wake of Wilma

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ — Major boat builders from around the country and around the world have confirmed participation in the 46th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show(R), Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 6.

As of October 28th, show organizers have already confirmed more than 850 boats for in-water and on-land displays. “The timing of the rescheduling of the show was driven by availability of show sites, and we are heartened by the industry’s response in working with us to make it happen so quickly,” said Kaye Pearson, president of Yachting Promotions, Inc., producers of the show.

Travel and Hotels

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau reports that approximately 90% of hotels will be operational within five hours of the restoration of power. Power is already back on in many areas of downtown Fort Lauderdale and more hotels are coming on-line hour by hour, including the Bahia Mar Beach Resort.

Travel Guard International, the nation’s leading provider of travel insurance and assistance services, is providing free travel services for visitors to the upcoming show whose travel plans may have been impacted by the rescheduling of the show due to Hurricane Wilma. Emergency travel counselors are available to help show attendees rebook flights, change hotel reservations and reserve rental cars. Call 1 866-4CIERGE (866-424-3743) and mention the show for free assistance 24/7.

Airports

All three of South Florida’s major airports and all three general aviation airports are open.

Gasoline

With Port Everglades back on line, the gasoline supply is flowing to South Florida’s gasoline stations. As electrical power is restored by the hour, more and more gas stations are opening up in Fort Lauderdale and throughout the area, and wait times are decreasing.

Major Boatbuilders Confirmed
Among the hundreds of exhibitors confirmed for next week’s show are:

Hatteras Yachts Formula Boats
Sea Ray Silverton Marine Corp.
Viking Yachts/Viking Sport Cruisers Meridian Yachts
Grand Banks Yachts Cabo Yachts
Azimut SPA Broward Yachts
Benetti Yachts Pershing
Sunseeker Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts
Trinity Yachts Cruiser Yachts
Wellcraft Marine Apreamare
Riva Hargrave Custom Yachts
Perini Navi USA Koch, Newton & Partners
Cranchi Boats Merle Wood & Associates
Donzi Marine Gilman Yacht Sales
Regal Marine Industries Uniesse Marine
Cheoy Lee Shipyards Baia Yachts
Allied Richard Bertram Merrill-Stevens Yacht Sales
Northrop & Johnson Burger Boat Co./Burger Yacht Sales
Ferretti Group USA Mochi Craft
Marlow Marine Sales West Bay Sonship
Fraser Yachts Worldwide Fairline Boats
Canados Group Neptunus Yachts
Camper & Nicholson Beneteau USA
Sabre Yachts Horizon America, Inc.
Moran Yacht & Ship Marine Max

Support From The City

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle has expressed his strong support for the opening of the show. “Our city is making excellent progress in our recovery efforts from Hurricane Wilma and we fully support the work of show organizers. We feel it is important for our city to be able to get back on track as a host for first-class international events such as the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show(R).”

FOR GENERAL INFORMATION CONTACT: 954-527-9332 or visit http://www.flibs.net/.

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