Trade Associations

Economist Elliot Eisenberg signed as opening keynote for the 2021 Boating Industry ELEVATE SUMMIT conference

Elliot Eisenberg at ELEVATE

Economist and columnist Dr. Elliot Eisenberg will once again kick off the first full day of the 2021 Boating Industry ELEVATE SUMMIT. For those of you who attended the inaugural ELEVATE in Orlando, or the virtual version in 2020, you know you will be educated and entertained as he presents on macroeconomic conditions such as GDP growth, interest rates, unemployment, inflation, consumer ...

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Social media influencers ‘Get On Board’ this summer

Get On Board Boating Campaign

A fleet of social media influencers from all walks of life are helping Discover Boating encourage people to "Get On Board"--and on the water--this summer. The program, which kicked off in May, is driving interest and participation in boating among new, younger and more diverse audiences. To date, influencer partners have generated millions of interactions (likes, shares, comments, views and clicks) and impressions (the ...

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Newport International Boat Show announces sponsor lineup

Newport International Boat Show

Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced their line-up of sponsors for this year’s show. The show offers attendees everything from product samples to on-site financing for boat purchases, providing a complete boat show experience. “The Newport International Boat Show offers a unique venue for corporate brands and industry leaders to showcase their products and ...

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Promoting safe boating practices

The NMMA is reminding all of us we can all help promote safe and responsible boating practices ahead of the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, and then throughout the summer and even year-round. Discover Boating will be sharing the following safety resources with boaters via social channels this week -- consider sharing this content with your customers as well:  Boating Safety ...

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RBFF debuts 2021 Special Report on Fishing

Recreational fishing and boating continues to reach new and diverse audiences according to a new industry study from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF). The 2021 Special Report on Fishing found that: 19.7 million females went fishing in 2020, a 10% participation increase in comparison with 2019. Youth and adolescent fishing skyrocketed last year, with 13.5 million youth ages 6 to 17 hitting the ...

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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

ABYC logo

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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