The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference is the marine industry’s largest technical trade event, serving boatbuilders, marine industry dealers, aftermarket suppliers and buyers, designers, repairers, surveyors and boatyard/marine operators. It is held annually in the fall on a rotating basis in Louisville, Ky., and Tampa, Fla.

IBEX 2016: Industry gets first look at study of first-time buyers

TAMPA, Fla. — At the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference this week the marine industry got its first glimpse of a Grow Boating-commissioned study of first-time boat buyers and owners that should help dealers, brokers and salespeople improve the consumer’s experience and lock in more sales.

IBEX 2016: Schedule unaffected by Hurricane Matthew

TAMPA, Fla. — Organizers of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference said today that the show’s schedule and hours will remain unchanged, based on current weather reports and tracking of Hurricane Matthew.

IBEX 2016: Partners plan for larger show in future years

TAMPA, Fla. — The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference’s new partnership with the Marine Equipment Trade Show will attract more international exhibitors and attendees as the event continues to grow here in Tampa, organizers of both events said Tuesday.

IBEX 2016: Innovation Award winners named

TAMPA, Fla. — Judges from Boating Writers International recognized 13 technically innovative and problem-solving products at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference on Tuesday.

METS owner acquires stake in IBEX

RAI Amsterdam, the group that owns and produces the Marine Equipment Trade Show  — now known as METS Trade — bought a 50 percent stake in the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, buying out WoodenBoat Publications, publisher of IBEX founder Professional BoatBuilder magazine.

IBEX 2016: Dammrich sees continued growth in boat sales

TAMPA, Fla. — The marine industry should grow for two to three more years as consumer confidence and spending continue to strengthen, NMMA president Thom Dammrich told a sold-out crowd of 750 on the first day of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference.

IBEX 2016: Entrepreneur urges focus on digital marketing

TAMPA, Fla. — Kevin Harrington’s keynote address Tuesday morning at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference noted 10 “must-do” trends companies need to pursue to advance their digital marketing platforms.

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