IBEX commits to Tampa through 2018

The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference is committed to Tampa, Fla., through 2018.

The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference is committed to Tampa, Fla., through 2018.

The event was moved to Louisville, Ky., and for a few years it rotated between the two cities. Attendance was much higher in Tampa.

Future dates for IBEX are: Oct. 4-6, 2016; Sept. 19-21, 2017; and Oct. 2-4, 2018, all at the Tampa Convention Center.

Each year’s event will be held Tuesday through Thursday; pre-event conference sessions will be scheduled for the preceding Monday.

"After the IBEX 2014 show in Tampa the marine industry made it very clear that this is where IBEX needs to be, and I am really pleased that we were finally able to make it happen," IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement.

"For 2016, IBEX will expand to offer two exhibit halls and in-water dock exhibits, which will double in size. We expect exhibit space to sell out very soon. We already have quite a few reservations for dock space and we anticipate that area to fill up quickly, too."

The convention center offers 200,000 square feet of exhibit space in two exhibit halls.

IBEX has added a second exhibit hall to the 2016 event, and organizers said space is already filling up. The first-floor exhibit hall will open at 9 a.m., an hour earlier than the third-floor exhibit hall, and it will be home to the IBEX Café and several special feature areas.



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