IBEX receives backing from Louisville mayor

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer proclaimed Oct. 1-5 as Marine Technology Week to honor the 2012 International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference.

IBEX 2012, scheduled for Oct. 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, is a marine technology and networking event that attracts thousands of professionals from all segments of the marine industry.

“It’s encouraging to have the help and support of the city government behind our event,” National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich said in a statement.

With more than 90 technical and business management sessions in 13 tracks taught by experts in their fields, IBEX 2012 addresses boat design, construction, management, sales and marketing.

“Louisville is a dynamic, thriving and great city to host a trade show like IBEX,” IBEX co-director Carl Cramer said in a statement. “It is centrally located and within driving distance of more than 8,000 marine businesses. It has lots of great hotels, restaurants and nightlife at reasonable prices and served by major airlines with low fares.”

“We also have the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau as our official housing agency,” Dammrich added.

The visitors bureau has partnered with more than 19 hotels to help provide low room rates and added incentives, Dammrich said in the statement.

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