Trade Associations

NATDA sees increased show interest

After reports began to circulate that Nashville would be lifting its COVID restrictions as of May 14, the North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) witnessed a considerable increase in NATDA Trailer Show interest.  On April 27, reports began to surface from news sources such as The Tennessean that “Nashville Health Officials intend to lift all coronavirus restrictions on businesses and gatherings on May 14."  In the day after the announcement, NATDA’s ...

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IBEX announces 2021 show dates

IBEX 2021

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced today that preparations are underway for the 30th Anniversary of IBEX, to be held September 28-30, 2021 in the Tampa Convention Center.  “The IBEX team and over 550 exhibitors are excited to return to an in-person event this year to celebrate 30 years of IBEX,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “We have ...

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Recreational fishing nets five million new and returning anglers in 2020

RBFF releases new fishing report

Fifty-five million Americans age 6+ went fishing in 2020 according to preliminary data from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation's (RBFF) 2021 Special Report on Fishing. These five million new and returning anglers, who are younger, more diverse and live in urban areas, represent 10% growth in fishing participation in 2020. In addition to overall participation gains, RBFF saw substantial ...

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European Boating Industry releases study on industry impact of COVID

The first-ever study by European Boating Industry, boot Düsseldorf and others offers a unique insight into how the recreational boating industry in Europe fared in 2020 given the COVID-19 pandemic. The study shows a mixed impact on the industry in 2020 but presents a positive outlook for the future. Some key findings from the study: Revenue: A third of companies ...

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National Safe Boating Campaign offers resources for Safe Boating Week

National Safe Boating Week May 22- 28, 2021

National Safe Boating Week is May 22-28, 2021, and the National Safe Boating Council is encouraging the industry to help share information about responsible boating through digital outreach, launch point reminders, outreach events, vessel safety checks, and more. The Safe Boating Campaign offers several free resources to support outreach efforts. Downloadable Resources: Browse our resources and take advantage of a FREE library of downloadable posters, ...

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New boat sales still strong in 2021

Boat sales

The NMMA reports that retail unit sales of new powerboats in February 2021 were up 34% compared to the same time period last year, according to its New Powerboat Registrations Report. Data shows total new boat sales are averaging 31,000 units sold monthly since the summer of 2020, on a seasonally-adjusted basis, above normal levels and indicative of the heightened demand ...

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National Safe Boating Week May 22–28

National Safe Boating Week

The nation’s biggest recreational boating safety event of the year, National Safe Boating Week, is right around the corner, May 22–28. The annual event helps remind boaters to keep boating safety front and center all season long. How can you be a safety hero aboard your boat? Here are three tips from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean ...

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NMMA celebrates ABC 2021

ABC logo

NMMA successfully concluded its annual advocacy summit, the American Boating Congress (ABC), April 21-22. The two-day virtual event brought together nearly 400 participants and recreational boating advocates, who heard from keynote speakers Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and White House Senior Policy Advisor Cedric Richmond. NMMA presented three awards over the course of the virtual ABC, including the 2021 Legislator of ...

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NMMA recaps day one of ABC 2021

Washington monument

Yesterday NMMA kicked off the first day of its annual advocacy event, the 2021 virtual American Boating Congress (ABC). The association welcomed nearly 400 attendees and an impressive lineup of speakers, including members of Congress, chiefs of staff, and directors of offices of outdoor recreation (OREC) from around the country. Throughout the initial day of programming, NMMA member companies and ...

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IBEX to host Supply Chain webinar next week

IBEX 2020

Join IBEX 365 on Thursday, April 29 at 1 p.m. ET for the first webinar in its 2021 series, featuring a live discussion exploring supply chain management in a global, post-pandemic context. Supply chain management is not a specialty any longer, but instead an ecosystem strategy ensuring the competitive advantage. In the last year, the global supply chain consistently made news ...

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