The co-owners of the International BoatBuilders Exhibition and Conference - the National Marine Manufacturers Association and RAI Amsterdam - have signed a collaboration agreement with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations to facilitate co-participation across all conference levels.
“The ICOMIA-IBEX agreement brings many advantages, not least of which being that is opens up the possibility for MIAs from across the world to exhibit, giving smaller companies the opportunity to enter the U.S. market," said ICOMIA President Jouko Huju.
ICOMIA’s involvement in IBEX will allow recognition of IBEX as an international event. The agreement will also encourage a more international audience and range of speakers and exhibitors, and improving the quality of the show and enhancing the opportunities for international trade, organizers stated.
ICOMIA brings together national boating federations in one global organization and represents them at an international level, presenting a strong and united voice when dealing with issues challenging the industry.
“The longstanding partnership between ICOMIA and METSTRADE, which came into existence in 1991, has helped METSTRADE to become the global trade show it is now," said Irene Dros, maritime director at METSTRADE. "It’s great news that ICOMIA and IBEX are joining forces and I’m sure that ICOMIA will strengthen IBEX’s presence in the global leisure marine industry only further.”
IBEX is honored to welcome ICOMIA as a new global partner, said Anne Dunbar, IBEX show director. "Working together with ICOMIA and aligned with our partner owners, RAI Amsterdam and NMMA, IBEX will support the expanding global marine industry and combine our efforts to ensure the continued success of the boating industry and the public's ability to enjoy boating at all levels in a clean environment," Dunbar said.
IBEX 2018 runs Oct. 2 to Oct. 4 at the Tampa Convention Center in downtown Tampa.