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Organizers of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) announced that this year’s event, which took place in Tampa, Fla., Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, attracted 6,900 attendees, a 47% increase compared to 2013.

IBEX, the industry’s premier trade show, drew marine industry professionals from around the globe to learn about and explore the newest in marine innovation from 558 exhibiting companies – a 15 percent increase in exhibitor participation compared to the 2013 show.

“IBEX in Tampa offered an impressive increase in our attendance and exhibitor participation and a significant WOW factor,” said IBEX show director Anne Dunbar.

“The new products and technologies introduced this year were incredible, and you could feel the excitement and enthusiasm all three days of the show.”

In addition to the spike in attendance and exhibitors, seminar registration was up with more than 500 attendees participating, an increase of six percent from 2013; and there was a 35 percent increase in international attendance from 2013.

The growth of the 2014 IBEX was a reflection of the state of the boating industry.

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