2017 Fort Lauderdale boat show draws 105,000 visitors; up 7 …

Boating enthusiasts turned out in droves for the 58th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which enjoyed a boost in attendance fanned in part by sunnier skies and consumer optimism about the economy.

The 2017 boating spectacle, which ran Nov. 1-5 across seven locations in Fort Lauderdale, attracted 105,000 visitors — an increase of 7 percent from last year, show organizers announced Tuesday.

The throngs of people who turned out to buy boats and marine merchandise, or simply to gawk at the vessels, came from more than 50 countries worldwide, Informa Exhibitions said in a news release.

“Excellent weather, a robust economy, realigned marketing efforts and a huge selection of new product offerings brought energetic crowds to the docks and exhibits daily,” said Andrew Doole, Informa’s vice president and general manager.

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