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IBEX 2023 exceeds expectations

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) 2023 welcomed more than 8,600 industry professionals, with organisers saying the event exceeded expectations based on on-site traffic data and attendance figures.

Following the difficulties of the past few years, from the pandemic to Hurricane Ian, IBEX 2023 saw visitors from 70 countries.

The exhibition saw 6,825 visits from more than 4,600 visitors with 72% coming from the United States, and 27% representing the rest of globe.

Boatbuilders made up the highest numbers – nearly 30% of visitors, and new product discovery was the top reason registrants reported for attending.

Sold out

The annual Industry Breakfast, Innovation Awards Presentation and Keynote, was sold out with over 900 attendees.

The Breakfast saw exceptional technological advancements recognised, with 13 Innovation Awards presented, along with four honourable mentions.

Frank Hugelmeyer, National Marine Manufacturers Association president, gave the State of the Industry Address and Conor Lokar, ITR senior forecaster, gave a timely and relevant keynote address.

The Education Conference offered technical training from industry experts to hundreds of participants, including students attending as part of Career Day, hosted with partner the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) Foundation.

Capacity

The event gave over 60 students and five instructors from three Florida marine technical schools a glimpse into the boating industry.

In addition, networking events were packed with Pitch the Press and the Carbon Conundrum panel discussion both at capacity.

The Opening Night Party and Mid-Show Mixer, which took place at The Sail Pavilion after the exhibit halls closed, saw larger crowds than in past years.

IBEX is scheduled to return to the Tampa Convention Center, with IBEX 2024 Show dates set for October 1 – 3, 2024.

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