IMBC sees significant increase in registration numbers

TAMPA, Fla. – Early registration numbers for the 2007 International Marina & Boatyard Conference to be held Jan. 28 to 31 in Tampa, Fla., is triple the early IMBC registration numbers reported last year, organizers said in a press release Wednesday.

Early registration for IMBC, which the Association of Marina Industries and the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association run jointly, ended Dec. 1, and numbers continue to climb.

IMBC credits the rise in attendance to a combination of a growing thirst for knowledge in the marina and boat-repair industry, a desire among Certified Marina Managers to network with their peers, and an enthusiasm in the business for seeing new products, cutting-edge techniques and familiar companies on the exhibit floor.

“We’re pleased, but not all that surprised,” said Gregg Kenney, AMI chairman. “When you consider the big-name exhibitors and high-quality seminar content, it’s clear the IMBC is a relevant and timely conference. Also, due to the world-wide popularity of our marina-management courses, this conference attracts a more international crowd, which would affect the numbers.”

“Word is out there that the IMBC is a significant event in our industry,” said Jonathan Jones, ABBRA president. “This is the premier conference for boat-repairers and service personnel and it makes sense that people are registering early to guarantee a spot.”

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