The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) has announced initial attendance figures for the boating-industry’s annual trade show and networking event, which took place Oct. 2-4, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
IBEX attracts interest from boat builders around the world.
Show Director Anne Dunbar said that total verified attendance for IBEX 2012 was 4,701, up about one percent over 2011.
'IBEX attracts a highly qualified audience,' Dunbar said. 'Although the industry has contracted and consolidated in the last five years, the buyers and engineers who attended represent nearly 75 percent of the industry production and buying power for the marine products and technology at IBEX. As usual, IBEX delivered, with exhibitors unveiling hundreds of new products that will enhance the boating experience.'
Marine professionals attending IBEX came from 31 countries and 46 states, with highest attendance from Florida, Tennessee, Michigan and Indiana.
'Feedback from exhibitors and attendees was very positive and overall there seemed to be a mood of optimism,' said Dunbar. 'Many long-time exhibitors reported that business activity at this year’s IBEX was the best in several years, while first-time exhibitors said the show delivered beyond what they expected.'