GoZone Lights Up the FTL International Boat Show

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is the world’s largest yacht show. This past year, over 150,000 people attended the five-day event. Informa Exhibitions, which organizes the event every year, wanted to provide all-over WiFi connectivity for everyone at FLIBS, from vendors to attendees, while at the same time creating an additional revenue stream.

To make their WiFi connectivity a reality, Informa Exhibitions chose to work with Ruckus, Smart Wi-Fi experts, GoZone WiFi, and wireless Internet provider QxC Communications to provide Smart Wi-Fi to sponsors, vendors, and attendees at the FLIBS. QxC Communications provided high-speed connectivity via Ruckus wireless access points (APs), including R310 and R730 indoor APs and T300 Series Outdoor APs. Ruckus APs provide consistent, reliable Wi-Fi in crowded outdoor venues as wel as high-density indoor spaces like convention centers.

The International Boat Show Experience

In addition to the Ruckus APs, GoZone’s WiFi marketing software allowed boat show management to provide attendees with a user-friendly WiFi login experience, collect detailed guest analytics, and send automated guest engagements. Furthermore, Informa Exhibitions offset operational costs through Wi-Fi sponsorship and advertising delivery using GoZone’s Ads4WiFi platform.

John Van Stein, the CEO of QxC Communications, praised the work of their partners and the event organizer: “Informa Exhibitions leads the event industry through their dedication to smart technology that makes event experiences like FLIBS the best in the world. They chose us to because of our reputation for providing the best wireless Internet solutions, but we couldn’t have done it without our technology partners Ruckus Networks and GoZone.”


GoZone’s Marketing4WiFi allows event management to engage with attendees during and after the event. The boat show can send automated messages to attendees, promote downloads of the official mobile app, provide easy access to the show map and exhibitor list, and promote FLIBS social media accounts.

“It is these unique partnerships with vendors such as GoZone WiFi, Informa Exhibitions and QXC Communications that enable us to deliver seamless connectivity at events like FLIBS,” said Duke Butler, Sr. Director Cloud Services and Global Alliances at Ruckus Networks. “The combination of each partner’s expertise and our high-performance outdoor and indoor APs allows a seamless solution in some of the toughest environments. We look forward to this ongoing partnership.”


The integration of GoZone’s systems over Ruckus APs enhances the attendee experience by providing detailed show information and one-to-one brand engagements. Finally, through email marketing, FLIBS management can obtain guest feedback through surveys and reviews, allowing for consistent improvement year-over-year.

“Our integration with Ruckus APs has allowed GoZone to bring Smart Wi-Fi solutions to all stakeholders at FLIBS. This is our fourth year partnering with QxC Communications and Informa Exhibitions to provide a best-in-class user experience. Then, we can continue to deliver insights that we’ve secured from the shows, such as traffic counts, demographics, etc., which help FLIBS make their event be the best it can be,” says Todd Myers, GoZone’s CEO.

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