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Old 05 June 2004, 14:37   #11
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I've been today, 'got in at about 10 'ish this morning so we were pretty much the first ones there, like a lot of others have said there was'nt really much going on on the stands but throughout the day it was buzzing on the pontoons, the lifeboat display was great but the Army one was probably the most pathetic i've seen, everyone disappeared in a cloud of orange smoke which had been released from the boat!
Having spoken to some of the traders they said that it has been worth thier while and i've managed to pick up some business too! I'm not a big fan of Hugo's but i think he deserves a pat on the back.
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Old 05 June 2004, 15:19   #12
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yes a bit disapointing but some great boats to go out on mine is there
met the Jackeens , Chrissalse, Hightower, BruceHawkser, Seabass(collected him from Portsmouth) sorry not the right boat for him but at least he had a good look around and a nice guy, think he liked going fast ? but yes shorside could have done with a few more exhibits but overall not a bad turn out for the first one in Cowes
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I am going down sunday - would love a chance to go out and try a few different kinds of Rib but dunno if I have the cheek to ask!
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Perhaps poke you in the eye

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Old 05 June 2004, 16:15   #15
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My lasting memory of RIBEX 2004

Orange Cat Suits !

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Old 05 June 2004, 16:18   #16
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my god wer,nt they amazing dont think they will catch on though
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We enjoyed our day out at Ribex. I do agree there were not enough stalls to look at, but, on the waterside there were a very good selection of ribs.

It was a real pleasure meeting the Jackeens again, also Hightower, Bogib, Ageing Youth to name a few.

It was also a real pleasure meeting the people from Rib-ex and Tim from Griffin Marine. (What a gent!)

I haven't downloaded my photos yet.. if no one has posted by the time I have, I will post a few (Including the Orange ladies!)

I am sure Chrisallse will have a few comments to add....

It was a real shame we didn't bring a life jacket etc with us, it would have been great to join in your treasure hunt, maybe next time?

I hope you all had a great day and I for one am looking forward to meeting up again..

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I too spent the day at Ribex, there were excellent choices of ribs to view, but not enough 'stalls etc' to look at.
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Personally i think the last two days have been good. Friday was inevitably quieter - much like the press days at London & Southampton - whereas today was very busy. Regarding the off water side it must be tough to get trade suppliers like chandlers to the event as as much as we like RIBs they only constitute a % of the market whereas with some other shows the actual throughput of people is far higher due to their appeal to wider markets (I would have liked to see Garmin represented though). Cowes seemed a perfect venue except of course for the extra travel it will mean for some. From a trade perspective (in respect of training, as i cannot comment in respect of RIB sales/possible sales) it has been successful and if tomorrow repeats today it will have been well worth the time, effort & money invested.

As someone else stated its easy to criticise such events but far harder to stage them. All credit to Hugo & his team.

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Hello folks

I was not at RIBEX 2004 so I have no personal experience of how the show went. However through my work for the 'International Motorcycle Show' at the NEC with around 200,000 visitors per year, I do have some experience of staging exhibitions.

At the 'International Motorcycle Show' the first public day, known as 'preview day', the cost of entry is twice that of every other day. This is so that you can pay extra and come on a day that there are less visitors. About 12,000 people decide to do that. Others prefer to come when there are larger crowds, such as at the weekends when there are about 25,000 visitors. So you see it is not easy to get the balance correct for everyone.

Different perople will have different opinions about the same event. the 'International Motorcycle Show', which is one of the biggest public shows at the NEC, employs the services of a market research company to gather details of visitors opinions about the show. It is always interesting to see how different peoples' opinions can be about the same thing. Many people will say they liked one particular aspect of the show and some may say they thought it was rubbish. The show organisers always respond to the information gathered.

You should let the organisers of RIBEX know if you have any gripes or praise about their show. I am sure that HMS and his team would welcome any constructive critisism. It is of course in their interest to produce a show that is popular with the majority of their visitors.

You can contact the RIBEX organisers here: ribex@ribmagazine.com

It will only take you as much time as it did to post on this forum, and you are guaranteed to have your views heard by the people who can change things.

Posting your views on the forum is good, but please let the organisers know as well.

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