How to Prepare to Exhibit at International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) 2022: Tips for Exhibitors

If you’re in the recreation marine industry, there’s no better place for you to gain exposure for your business and stay current on the latest industry trends than the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. This three-day event is reserved for industry professionals only, which puts the best minds in the building, design, service or sales of boats and marine products together for the exchange of ideas and innovation.

Learn more about the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference 2022 (IBEX), the largest marine industry trade event in North America.


As the premier industry trade event for those working in the recreational marine industry, IBEX offers over 700 exhibits across multiple exhibit halls, outdoor patios and the IBEX Docks. As a show for trade professionals only, the primary focus of IBEX ’21 is to contribute to the industry with exceptional training and educational opportunities from some of the leading experts in the industry, along with a targeted audience of marine industry manufacturers and suppliers, aftermarket manufacturers and service providers.

IBEX 2022 takes place from September 27-29, 2022 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.

IBEX 2022 Facts and Statistics:

  • Date: September 27-29, 2022
  • Venue: Tampa Convention Center
  • City/State: Tampa, Florida
  • Sponsor:
    • National Marine Manufacturers’ Association
    • RAI Amsterdam


One owner of IBEX is the National Marine Manufacturers’ Association, North America’s leading trade organization for the recreational boating industry. Its member companies are responsible for the production of over 80% of the boats, engines, trailers, marine accessories and gear for boaters in North America. The National Marine Manufacturers’ Association seeks to improve the industry for its members by providing domestic and international sales and marketing opportunities, decreasing business costs and promoting interest in recreational boating, as well as reducing excessive government regulations.

RAI Amsterdam is another co-owner of IBEX and an international exhibition and convention company that organizes events abroad. With over 500 annual exhibitions, conventions and other events, RAI has welcomed 1.5 million visitors and provides event-related services to exhibitors, visitors and organizers.

IBEX is also powered globally by METSTRADE, the world’s leading platform and community for professionals in the leisure marine equipment industry.


If you’re in the recreational boating industry, IBEX provides you with the single largest platform in North America for brand exposure and business advancement. With 125,000 square feet of exhibit space across four exhibit halls, over 40 dock slips and over 700 exhibiting companies from 20 countries, as well as new exhibitors being added each day, there’s never been this much opportunity in one place.

In addition, IBEX puts your brand in front of the right people. 30% of attendees are owner/operators or CEOs, 66% of attendees are in a position to say “yes” to that new product or service and 79% of attendees visit IBEX with the intent of making buying decisions.

Whether you’re looking to promote new products or showcase new technology, increase your OEM or aftermarket sales, network with industry leaders, generate leads and contacts or stay on top of the current industry trends, IBEX can do wonders for the future of your business.


Here is a list of other companies in the recreation marine industry who see the value in exhibiting at IBEX 2022: 

  • Advanced Systems Group by Brunswick
  • Ameritool Mfg., Inc
  • C.R. Onsrud Inc.
  • Composites One
  • Eastman Machine Company
  • Hertz Marine

View the full exhibitors list here.


Trade show success is just as much about marketing as it is about networking, and that all starts with your trade show booth. As one of your most lucrative marketing investments, your booth is an extension of your brand identity, so a basic setup just won’t do.

If you’re attending a trade show packed with other industry professionals, such as IBEX 2022, you need to make sure your trade show booth catches attention, attracts visitors and gives you the most opportunity to market your business. With all the seminars, displays and exhibitors at IBEX, it’s vital that you create an experience that makes your potential customers stick around.

Here are some tips:

Focus on the details and your goals for the show, so you can tailor your entire booth experience toward reaching your audience.

  • Evaluate your past trade show metrics and look for areas you can improve this time around.
  • Design your booth’s structure, graphics and marketing materials around your brand identity and develop a plan for holding your customers’ interest and telling a compelling story about your brand.
  • Use digital materials to enhance your brand’s message and make sure they fall in line with the product or service you’re offering.
  • Consider having yourself or a team member speak at the event, which establishes your thought leadership and drives traffic to your booth.

With the right planning, you can be sure that you get the most out of your investment and leave a lasting impression on the attendees at IBEX.


If you’re planning to exhibit at IBEX 2022, North America’s largest trade show for the recreational marine industry, you need to pull out all the stops to be sure you stand out. At Xibit Solutions, our expert team has years of experience helping business owners with all aspects of trade show exhibiting, from creating memorable booth experiences to custom booth graphics. We’ve helped industry leaders in a variety of fields, so let us help you take your industry presence to the next level with customized solutions that complement your business.

Contact the team at Xibit Solutions to learn more about our trade show services and get started with your plan for IBEX ’21!