The first-ever Water, Sports & Travel Festival, presented by leading water sports organizations will be held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center and several locations throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale from April 26-28, 2013. The Festival exhibition will feature four co-located shows including “The Board Show”, “The Dive Show”, “The Boating & Water Toys Show”, and “The Travel Show”.
“Recognizing Floridians’ strong interest in an active lifestyle, as well as the increasing diversity of their water sports interests, we have brought together four Shows that spotlight all types of water sports,” said Tom Ingram, Executive Director of the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA). “The purpose of this multi-sport event is to encourage water sports enthusiasts of all kinds to expand their horizons and try these other activities.” Featured sports in “The Board Show” include, SUP, surf, wake, waterski, kite, para sailing, wind surfing, skate and snowboarding; “The Dive Show” will include scuba diving, free diving, spearfishing and snorkeling; “The Boating & Water Toys Show” features sport boats, inflatables, kayaks and underwater toys; and “The Travel Show” will feature dive and active travel trips from around the world.
Other features of the Festival will include: product & equipment demonstrations; consumer educational programs, seminars and training sessions; business conference sessions for professionals managing retail stores and travel agents interested in improving their knowledge of this market; a lionfish cook-off; career fair; a beach clean-up; a major SUP competition; and city-wide water themed events and exciting activities for all age groups.
The Water, Sports & Travel Festival is presented by Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) in conjunction with the Association of Wind & Water Sports Industries (AWSI), American Canoe Association (ACA), Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA), Kite World Magazine, Scuba Sport Magazine, South Florida Underwater Photography Society (SFUPS), South Florida Wakeboarding Association (SFWA), Surfrider Foundation’s Florida Regional Chapter, and X-Ray Magazine.