Tag Archives: IBEX

Good news for a change

The boating industry received several pieces of positive news this week as the National Marine Bankers Association reported signs of stabilizing retail boat prices, the federal government reached a decision that will allow more dealerships to qualify for SBA loans, and IBEX organizers said that attendance at this year’s event was up 13 percent from 2009. In a release Thursday, ...

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IBEX’s big move

When I heard last week that the rumors were true - the International Boatbuilder Exhibition & Conference would be moving to Kentucky in 2010 - I found myself smiling. Now, there's no doubt I'm biased; my dad lives about an hour from Louisville. But above and beyond that, a once a year trek to South Beach for the Miami boat ...

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Trade shows: How many is too many?

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced this morning that it's combining its Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) with the fall 2010 International Boatbuilder's Exhibition and Conference (IBEX). This news doesn't come as a surprise. Trade show producers run a business just like the rest of us, and when times are tough, consolidation is a natural consideration. Plus, it ...

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