IBEX drew large crowds despite weather forecast

More than 6,000 marine industry professionals gathered for the 26th International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference in Tampa, Fla.
Author:
Updated:
Original:
IBEX had 556 exhibiting companies for attendees to visit.

IBEX had 556 exhibiting companies for attendees to visit.

Last week, more than 6,000 marine industry professionals gathered for the 26th International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference in Tampa, Fla., before Hurricane Matthew hit the Southeast.

IBEX was a sold-out show and drew marine industry professionals from around the globe to see the newest in marine innovation from 556 exhibiting companies. The event covered more than 118,000 square feet of exhibit space, occupying two trade show floors and in-water exhibits.

"We are happy to hear reports from a lot of our exhibitors that despite Hurricane Matthew limiting hours on the final day and travel for many, IBEX was a success, delivering big business for the boating industry to thousands of marine professionals,” IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement.

“The show was buzzing throughout the first two days, and there was definitely a sense of excitement and enthusiasm surrounding the number of exhibitors and new products, the innovation and technology on display and the quality of the education throughout the show and on the docks.”

"In spite of the effects of Hurricane Matthew, IBEX produced strong results for exhibitors and attendees. The positive spirit on the floor of the show is a strong positive indicator that the industry is doing very well," National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich said.

"As boat sales continue to increase, and we see wage growth, growing disposable income and consumer spending, strengthening in the housing market, and interest rates low, the future is bright for the boating industry and IBEX."

Related

Quick Hits: March 3, 2021

RBFF’s Take Me Fishing campaign offers embeddable fishing and boating map

MAN Achieves Emissions Certifications

The engine manufacturer, which also announced an extension of its supply partnership with the Ferretti Group, now meets major emissions standards worldwide.

In-Person Palm Beach Show Approved

The city of West Palm Beach OK’d the permit for the four-day show, which opens March 25 with a host of safety precautions.

Distributor Expands ePropulsion Sales Territory

Mack Boring will now offer ePropulsion’s electric outboards in the entire North American and Central American markets.

Registration Still Open for NMMA Webinar

The March 4 State of the Industry webinar includes the presentation of the Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index Awards and the Alan J. Freedman Award.

Rollick Secures $8.5 million in Funding

The market strategists said Web traffic in the third quarter of 2020 was up 245 percent on a year-over-year basis.

Time to Cry Foul Over Erie Canal Changes

An act has been introduced in the waning days of New York’s annual budget process that allows no opportunity for public input.