The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced the cancellation of this year’s show, which was to take place Sept. 27-29 in Tampa, Fla. The decision, according to show organizers, was made in order to prioritize the safety of its staff, exhibitors and partners as a result of weather reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) showing the imminent arrival and uncertain nature of Hurricane Ian, as well as consultation with the City of Tampa, Tampa Convention Center and other stakeholders.
“It is a very difficult decision to cancel IBEX 2022, as we were on track to have an excellent event,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “The entire IBEX team is very disappointed, but the safety of our community is our priority. This was the right choice. Additional information will be shared with exhibitors and visitors as we work through our cancellation process.”
“The safety of our team, exhibitors and partners is our top priority and given the significant and unpredictable nature of the coming storm, canceling the show is imperative to keeping everyone out of harm’s way,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) president. “IBEX is the premier recreational boating trade event delivering critical business for our industry and as such this decision was not made lightly.”
Show information and updates can be found at ibexshow.com.