IBEX breaks attendance records

BROOKLIN, Maine — Despite a flat economy, boat builders and marine professionals from around the world turned out in record numbers to attend IBEX 2007, held Oct. 10-12 in Miami Beach, organizers reported in a statement yesterday.

The verified attendance numbers indicate a slight increase of 4,570 attendees from 67 countries in 2007 compared to 4,509 in 2006, according to organizers. The attendance figure does not include the individuals/staff from the 900 exhibiting companies, which would make the total verified attendance 8,709 for IBEX 2007. IBEX conforms to IFBSO (International Federation of Boat Show Organisers) reporting standards, organizers stated.

IBEX 2007 hosted almost 900 exhibitors, which included manufacturers and suppliers from six continents, and more than 25 countries.

“Both attendees and exhibitors offered positive feedback about the expanded floor plan, new pavilions and centrally-located attendee lounges and internet cafes throughout the show floor,” said IBEX co-director and NMMA Manager of Trade Events Kathleen Clickett. “All in all, feedback shows our exhibitors were very pleased.”

Exhibit space for IBEX 2008, scheduled to be held October 6-8 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, is already in demand, according to organizers.

“Many renewing exhibitors have asked for increased booth space and new companies have already contacted us for space in the 2008 show,” said Tina Sanderson, IBEX Sales Director. “Any company who is interested in exhibiting should contact us immediately.”

Companies interested in receiving exhibitor information can contact Tina Sanderson at 802–879–8324, or Anne Dunbar at 716–662–4708.

IBEX is owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine and National Marine Manufacturers Association.

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