IBEX relocates to Louisville for 2010

After seven years in Miami Beach, the popular marine expo will move to Louisville, Ky., Sept. 28-30, 2010.

The International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) has announced plans to relocate the annual marine industry event to the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., beginning in 2010. After seven years in Miami Beach, Professional BoatBuilder magazine (PBB) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), along with an industry-based advisory committee, made the decision to relocate following months of site reviews and analysis. IBEX 2010 will be held Sept. 28-30, 2010, in Louisville, Ky.

Carl Cramer, IBEX show co-director and publisher of Professional BoatBuilder magazine, explains, "Over the years, our attendees and exhibitors have expressed increasing concerns about the high costs in south Florida. Our primary duty as show producers is to keep our constituents happy, and to produce a high-quality trade show. We are confident our location in Louisville will prove to be a successful new beginning."

Cost savings for exhibitors and attendees was the primary motivation for the show’s change in location. Lower producer facility costs will provide exhibitors a reduction in exhibit space and labor costs. Labor rates at the Kentucky Exposition Center will be down as much as eight to 10 percent from the Miami Beach Convention Center. In addition, Louisville hotel rates, as well as food and beverage costs, often chief concerns with the Miami Beach venue, will likely see more than a 20 percent reduction with the new location.