IBEX is growing both in size and reputation. The event attracted nearly 6500 professionals from the marine industry, which is a 4% increase compared to the previous year. In addition, the number of exhibitors has grown with 9%, setting the total on 600 exhibiting companies. 44 Of these were from outside of the US, which shows that the international reach of the event is expanding. The international character was further boosted with the launch of the International B2B VIP Program, in which exhibitors were matched with national and international visitors. Over 50 nationalities were represented during the program. The combination of these factors indicate that IBEX is securing a solid position as international networking event for the US leisure marine equipment industry.