The International Federation of Boat Show Organisers represents the world’s leading boat shows and helps with the development of boat shows and marine trade exhibitions worldwide.

Who we are

IFBSO, the International Federation of Boat Show Organisers, was founded in 1964 to help the development of boat shows and marine trade exhibitions worldwide. Today IFBSO represents and works with and on behalf of many of the world’s leading boat shows whilst, at the same time, helping to establish new member shows via its candidate member mentoring scheme. 

What we do

IFBSO collates and disseminates information to and about its members as well as the general public with a view to furthering the interest in and passion for boating and all marine leisure activities. It helps its members stage successful and leading boat shows which comply or aspire to comply with the IFBSO Code of Excellence, thus ensuring that member shows provide a solid basis for business and ROI for their exhibitors.

ifbso.com is THE information portal for the leading boat shows and marine trade exhibitions worldwide with up-to-the minute information on dates, size, composition, costs of and quick access to all member boat shows.


IFBSO was founded in 1964. After an inaugural Congress in London in September 1963, it agreed a title and elected its first officers at the second Congress in Paris in January 1964. At a subsequent meeting in October 1964 in Genoa IFBSO adopted its first Constitution giving form to the previous informal organisation. The Constitution has been through many amendments since that time. The 5th meeting in Barcelona in June 1966 saw the formation of an International Boating Trades Association which was later to become ICOMIA. Both IFBSO and ICOMIA have maintained close contact ever since and the Annual Meetings of both associations have been held simultaneously at Congresses in various parts of the world every year since then.

Upcoming Shows


Boat people

6th October 2015

Boats are in the news a lot at the moment, sadly for all the wrong reasons! We currently live in troubled times and it is impossible to ignore the plight of millions of people who had to flee their home and are on the move, many of them ent...
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Record attendance at annual congress in Gdansk

16th June 2015

IFBSO enjoyed a record attendance at its annual ICOMIA/IFBSO Congress in Gdansk from 9th - 12th June 2015 and concluded the event on a high note after having achieved all of the objectives it set itself at the start of its re-structuring pr...
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