Organizers of the International Boat Builders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) have announced that the show will alternate between venues in Louisville, Kentucky and Tampa, Florida. The show is one of the marine industry's largest technical trade events, attracting boat builders, marine dealers and aftermarket suppliers.
This year, the show will be held in Louisville, Kentucky from September 17 to 19. Next year, it will move to the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida from September 30 to October 2. In 2015 it's scheduled to return to Louisville and in 2016 it goes back to Tampa.
Owned and produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Professional BoatBuilder magazine, the new rotating show schedule is designed to increase accessibility for attendees and exhibitors.
“Louisville continues to be an excellent location for IBEX, but there are two major geographic areas in the USA where about 80 percent of boat builders in North America reside,” says Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “Rotating between these two cities is ideal for our dedicated IBEX attendees, and for all those marine professionals who have been unable to attend.'
Organizers say alternating between Louisville and Tampa offers several benefits to marine industry professionals. They believe that since both cities are easily accessed travel hubs, one a southern location and the other a central location, it will allow more professionals to attend. Organizers also say the rotating schedule creates location-specific social and networking opportunities for attendees.
“The new rotation between Louisville and Tampa was unanimously and enthusiastically supported by the IBEX planning committee, which is chaired by Bill Watters, President of Syntec Industries,' notes Thom Dammrich, President of NMMA. "As a result of the rotating location, IBEX will bring new products, new programs, a new location, and new excitement to the marine industry every year.”