Thousands of marine professionals will convene next week for the 26th International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference at the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center.
IBEX is the marine industry's largest technical trade event in North America and it will bring together 556 exhibiting companies; 110 are new to the show.
Two exhibit halls and an expanded dock display combine to offer more than 118,000 square feet of exhibits, inside and on the water. Strong preregistration indicates that about 7,000 boating industry professionals will attend the Oct. 4-6 event.
"We are excited to bring the leading marine industry event back to Tampa and offer several new and innovative special features, networking events and interactive show floor displays,” show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement.
Registration is still open online and will be available on-site for walk-ins who are interested in the free exhibit halls or in attending any of 55 technical seminars, she said. Exhibitor workshops in the new Tech Talk Theater are also free.
"This year's gathering of thousands of industry professionals is the must-attend event of the year to source the most advanced products and technologies now available to the boatbuilding industry,” Dunbar said.