After conversations with vendors and service providers, including confirmation there is no damage to the Tampa Convention Center, the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference will go on as scheduled next week: Tuesday, Sept. 19 - Thursday, Sept. 21.
Pre-event workshops start Monday, Sept. 18. All seminars and other IBEX activities also remain unchanged. The decision was announced today by show producers, NMMA and RAI Amsterdam.
"As planned, next week we will bring the industry together in Tampa, making IBEX 2017 the place to be for the marine industry," said Anne Dunbar, IBEX show director. "We are thankful Hurricane Irma left little damage in Tampa, making it accessible for attendees and exhibitors from near and far."
The trade show will feature 650 exhibiting companies spanning three show floors and outdoor exhibits.
In addition, networking opportunities kick into high gear starting Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 a.m. with the Annual Industry Breakfast featuring Olympian Jim Craig's keynote, NMMA President Thom Dammrich's state of the industry address and the IBEX Innovation Awards.
Opening day wraps up with the following events:
- 4-6 p.m.: Happy Hour in the IBEX Beer Garden
- 6-8 p.m.: IBEX Opening Night Party