Trade Associations

Arkansas Governor announces Office of Outdoor Recreation

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson recently announced that the state will create an Office of Outdoor Recreation (OREC) within the state’s Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT). The new office will be focused on developing new opportunities to showcase the state’s wide variety of outdoor activities, including boating, trail activities, and cycling. Arkansas is among the first southern state to ...

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Entries open for IBEX Innovation Awards

IBEX 2021 Innovation Awards

New product entries for the 2021 IBEX Innovation Awards are being accepted now through August 13. This year's awards will be presented during the industry breakfast taking place on the opening morning of IBEX - Tuesday, September 28 - at the JW Marriott Tampa Water Street Hotel. Tickets are available for purchase during IBEX registration. All product entries can be ...

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Senate touts economic importance of outdoor recreation

The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion recently held a hearing on the state of outdoor tourism, recreation, and ecotourism, noting the importance outdoor recreation has on local economies as communities recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. In opening remarks, Chairwoman Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) emphasized the role outdoor recreation plays in state economic development and ...

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ABYC Marine Law Symposium issues call for proposals

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The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has opened a Call for Proposals for its fifth Marine Law Symposium, “Product, Professional, and Personal Liability,” scheduled for January 11, 2022, in Charleston, SC. This biennial one-day event, held during ABYC’s annual Standards Week (Jan. 10-14, 2022), prepares participants to navigate the legal aspects of recreational boating accidents. The event rotates every ...

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Congress moves to reauthorize Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund

Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund

As part of National Fishing and Boating Week, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), along with Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12) and Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA-6), introduced the Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act of 2021 (H.R. 3702) – a bill that reauthorizes the $742 million Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund (Trust Fund) program. Reauthorizing the ...

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Women’s Health highlights boating, water sports as summer’s must-try activities

As a result of Discover Boating’s recent media pitches, Women’s Health magazine online (reach: 4 million unique monthly visitors) featured a number of water sports to try this summer and encouraged readers to visit DiscoverBoating.comto learn more. Below is an excerpt from the article, “20 Cool Water Sports You Should Totally Try This Summer.” Swimming, surfing, snorkeling, and all of the other ways ...

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Senate passes legislation to reopen tariff exclusion process

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed comprehensive legislation that establishes a new exclusion process for products impacted by the Section 301 tariffs on imports from China and reinstates exclusions for products that previously received an exclusion. Reinstating previous exclusions and establishing new opportunities for manufacturers to make the case for why their products should be excluded from the Section 301 ...

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NMMA report indicates continued sales momentum

The NMMA announced continued momentum of boat sales and boating demand propelled by the COVID-19 pandemic. New boat sales, which reached a 13-year high in 2020, remain at elevated levels – with sales through March 2021 up 30% compared to the 2020 average; demand is at an all-time high as Americans take to the water in record numbers; and dealers are selling ...

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NMMA, Informa, Miami sign contract for MIBS 2022

NMMA, Informa Markets, and the City of Miami Beach took part in an official contract signing ceremony last Friday for the 2022 Miami International Boat Show. The Miami International Boat Show, set to take place Wednesday, February 16 through Sunday, February 20, 2022 over Presidents' Day weekend, is returning its on-land portion to the reimagined Miami Beach Convention Center. In addition ...

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ABYC announces return of free webinar series

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Due to the success of its free informational webinars offered last year, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) is rebooting the series, starting June 17 with “Fuel System Troubleshooting: Basics of identifying fuel-related engine problems.” The webinar series, which covers a range of technical and business topics, will be offered every third Thursday of the month. “We initially started the ...

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