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IBEX to increase international presence

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IBEX organizers have expanded programs for international visitors at this year’s event in Tampa, Fla., which runs Oct. 2-4. The programs include networking and educational opportunities for attendees from around the world. IBEX also will have Country Pavilions.

The show has signed 70 companies from 57 countries as exhibitors. The range of countries include the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Slovenia, Belgium, China, Taiwan and the Netherlands. IBEX will also have Country Pavilions from South Korea, Australia, France and Italy.

IBEX introduced its B2B VIP program last year. The program offers qualified first-time B2B buyers from outside the United States a VIP invitation to the show. Attendees gain a number of benefits during the event.

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IBEX will also include a new IBI Export Excellence Award, which recognizes U.S. boatbuilders or marine equipment manufacturers.

The show has partnered with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations to increase its reach. This partnership gives the show and attendees direct access to these associations and its members, with the aim of bringing the world closer to the North American boating industry.

“We are always developing new programs that make our show attractive for international members of the boatbuilding community to attend,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX show director, in a news release. “Our global visibility and reach have been heightened by key partnerships with METSTRADE and ICOMIA, and because of that, IBEX affords an opportunity for visitors and exhibitors to interact with boatbuilding professionals from across the globe.”

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