Trade Associations

FLIBS reports record success for 2021 show

FLIBS 2020

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), owners of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), together with their partner, Informa Markets, producers of FLIBS, announce the record-breaking results of an economic impact study conducted by Thomas J. Murray & Associates of the 2021 show. The study, completed in February 2022, reveals that the 62nd Annual Fort Lauderdale International ...

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Canadian boat builders brace for proposed luxury tax

The Canadian government’s proposed luxury tax on new boats valued at CA $250,000 – originally scheduled to take effect January 1, 2022 – is expected to be fully implemented in the weeks to come. A spokesperson for Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland confirmed recently that the government will release draft legislation to implement the tax in the coming weeks.  In ...

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Tickets available for the 2022 Miami Industry Breakfast, Feb. 17

The Miami Industry Breakfast is returning to the 2022 Discover Boating® Miami International Boat Show® on Thurs., Feb. 17 from 7:30 – 9:30 AM at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Grand Ballroom A. Hear about current trends in the recreational boating industry and celebrate the latest innovations and innovators during this exclusive event. Show exhibitors, NMMA members and industry stakeholders can ...

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Minneapolis Boat Show kicks off show season with strong sales

The 2022 Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show® Presented by Discover Boating™ kicked off NMMA’s winter boat show season with strong momentum, attracting more than 21,000 attendees throughout its four-day run, Jan. 20-23. Despite Covid and weather-related challenges, the overall sentiment from exhibitors was reportedly positive, with many reporting strong sales and leads from eager, qualified customers. “We were happy to welcome back ...

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Halifax International Boat Show cancelled for 2022

Boating Atlantic and Master Promotions Ltd. are announcing the Halifax International Boat Show, Atlantic Canada's largest boat show, will not go on as scheduled for March 3-6, 2022. The next edition of the Halifax International Boat Show will now take place in February 2023.  With the province announcing the extension of the current restrictions into mid-February, the runway has become ...

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Boating Industry seeks nominations for 2022 40 Under 40

Now in its sixth year, Boating Industry’s 40 Under 40 program will return in early 2022. The editorial staff at Boating Industry is now accepting nominations for its 40 Under 40 program, which highlights the best young leaders across all segments of the marine industry. Each year, Boating Industry receives hundreds of nominations from dealer principals, owners, CEOs and many other various individuals in management ...

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ABYC Foundation creates Marine Trades Accreditation Program

After two years of research, consultation, and fine-tuning, the ABYC Foundation launched the first official Marine Trades Accreditation Program (MTAP) for schools teaching marine service. MTAP is designed to ensure quality training that is aligned with industry needs, at both high school and post-secondary schools, ultimately creating a bigger and stronger pipeline for much needed entry-level workers. “Having an employee ...

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MMTA names Legislator of the Year

Last week State Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth) was named the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) Legislator of the Year. “To be named the MMTA Legislator of the Year means a great deal to me,” said O’Connor. “The MMTA and Executive Director Lyons have been an incredible resource as my colleagues, and I try to find ways to support the marine trades ...

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In-person American Boating Congress set for May

American Boating Congress

The American Boating Congress (ABC) will be held in-person from May 11-13, 2022 in Washington, D.C., bringing together all segments of the recreational boating industry to share our collective voice on Capitol Hill.  ABC 2022 participants will hear from members of Congress, Administration officials, key committee and Hill staffers, as well as industry representatives on what’s happening within the recreational ...

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Massachusetts Marine Trades Association honors Larry Russo Sr.

The MMTA presented longtime industry leader Larry Russo Sr. the Frank Farrell Distinguished Service Award. Larry grew up in the recreational boating industry and has had a legendary career that has spanned nearly 60 years. After Russo Marine was acquired by MarineMax in 2016, he remained as Senior Vice President of MarineMax Northeast. The award is in honor of the late ...

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