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Early numbers show IBEX attendance down

Attendance for this year’s International Boat Builders’ Exhibition and Conference was down about 14 percent from the previous year, according to preliminary figures released by show organizers.

There were 3,924 qualified attendees at this year’s event, down from 4,570 in 2007.

“Given market conditions, we were not surprised by the drop in attendance and are heartened by the quality of attendees who invested in IBEX 2008,” said Carl Cramer, IBEX co-director. “In many ways, this was an extremely effective show, with leaders of today and tomorrow emphasizing our ability to withstand economic downturns and giving us hope, as an industry, for the future.”

The Oct. 6-8 show was held at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Organizers say a majority of the 750 exhibitors reported business as usual, as most of the leading boatbuilders came to see, buy and place orders, despite the economy.

“We were able to deliver quality attendance in the current economic climate to further reinforce IBEX as the leading boatbuilding event of its kind,” says IBEX co-director Kathleen Clickett. “We heard a great deal of positive feedback on the show floor and were pleased to hear so many exhibitors had an exceptional show.”

Look for a complete wrap-up of IBEX 2008 in the upcoming November issue of Trade Only.

Exhibit space for IBEX 2009, scheduled for Oct. 12-14, can be reserved now. Contact Tina Sanderson at (802) 879-8321 or Anne Dunbar at (716) 662-4708 for exhibitor information.

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