Organizers of the International Boatbuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced plans to relocate the annual trade show to the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY for the 2010, to be held September 28 to 30.
According to Carl Cramer, IBEX show co-director, cost savings for exhibitors and attendees was the primary motivation for the show's change in location. It's estimated exhibitors will pay less for exhibit space and that labour rates at the Kentucky Exposition Center will be eight to 10 percent lower than they were at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Cramer also anticipates Louisville hotel rates, food and beverage costs to be lower by approximately 20 percent at the new venue.
“Over the years, our attendees and exhibitors have expressed increasing concerns about the high costs in south Florida,” said Cramer. “There's been increasing discontent with the cost of being in Miami Beach, so I believe this was absolutely the right decision to make. Our primary duty as show producers is to keep our constituents happy, and to produce a high-quality trade show. We are confident our location in Louisville will prove to be a successful new beginning and we're look forward to it producing a better show in a more economical environment. Whether it's getting a cup of coffee at the convention center or a getting a taxi cab in Louisville, it's a much more affordable condition that prevails compared to south Florida.”
Despite the change in venue, IBEX will still feature its earlier announced plans for the new MAATS Aftermarket Pavillion.
The decision to relocate the show was made by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Professional BoatBuilder magazine and an industry based advisory committee following months of site reviews and analysis.
According to Cramer, half a dozen sites were considered for the show across the United States.
“When it comes to finding a central location, it's hard to beat Louisville,” commented Cramer. “We expect the new location to help us recover some lost momentum.”
“IBEX has had a tremendous run in Miami Beach,” said Thom Dammrich president of the NMMA. “However, given recent changes in today's economy and the boating industry, we felt show exhibitors and attendees would benefit from the move to a more central location that will help lower their costs to participate. While several cities and venues were considered, Louisville and Kentucky Exposition Center were identified as the best fit for IBEX.”
IBEX has been held in Miami Beach, FL for the past seven years and will still be at Miami Beach Convention Center for its 2009 show running from October 12 to 14. The show's new contract with Kentucky Exposition Center is for a three-year term.