Trade Associations

ORR proposes CARES Act fixes to support outdoor recreation

As schools, businesses, shops and more temporarily close because of COVID-19, Americans are looking to the outdoors – while adhering to CDC guidelines – to provide a necessary reprieve from the intense mental and physical stress caused by this crisis and the vital efforts to combat it. In order to recover from this economic recession, members of the Outdoor Recreation ...

Read More »

Discover Boating reports strong web traffic boost

Despite circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Discover Boating is seeing strong performance and growth over the past year, providing early indicators around consumer interest. The campaign’s quick pivot to ensure a more empathetic and purpose-driven voice, its data-driven approach to content, and strategic site optimization are working hand-in-hand to connect with consumers in a meaningful way.  The Discover Boating team is tapping into ...

Read More »

Miami-Dade County set to reopen boat ramps, marinas

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez recently announced a three-phase plan for reopening the county’s recreation spaces, including public boat ramps and marinas. NMMA and its members said they worked closely with the mayor’s staff to develop the reopening plan, with Joe Neber, president and owner of Contender Boats serving on the taskforce that provided guidance on easing social-distancing restrictions. While ...

Read More »

METSTRADE appoints new director

With more than 15 years of professional experience in various international trade fairs in RAI Amsterdam and with a great love for water sports, Niels Klarenbeek will succeed Irene Dros as the new director of METSTRADE. Niels Klarenbeek is 42 years old and has been an avid water sports enthusiast for years. In his spare time he loves to sail ...

Read More »

NMDA Cancels S.T.E.P. 2020

NMDA logo

The National Marine Distributors Association, the trade association for U.S. and Canadian marine products distributors, have announced their decision to cancel S.T.E.P., Sales, Training, Education and Purchasing,for 2020. “This was not a decision made lightly, nor was it one we wanted to make,” said Laura Leon, of Medart Marine and president of NMDA. "But considering where we are in fighting ...

Read More »

MRAA, Rollick expand partnership with MRAA member benefits

MRAA logo

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Rollick announced an expansion of the organizations’ partnership, aimed at helping boat dealers attract new customers, enhance the customer experience, streamline the buying process and measure satisfaction throughout the sale and ownership cycles. The expansion of this relationship gives MRAA member dealers discount access of 5% and MRAA Certified Dealers discount access ...

Read More »

America’s Boating Club salutes volunteers

America's Boating Club logo

To help recreational boaters cope while sheltering in place, America’s Boating Channel, the organization’s boating video and boater education digital media channel, has launched a weekly online magazine show, America’s Boating Channel LIVE. Created by America’s Boating Club volunteers, new episodes premiere on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. EDT. Beginning on April 22, each episode will include a segment produced by ...

Read More »

Boating United, BoatPAC launch new website

The recreational boating community – led by NMMA and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) – announced that the Boating United grassroots advocacy website has been transitioned to a new, more robust platform called SparkInfluence. The new Boating United website – which is now home to BoatPAC as well – will allow the community to be more effective in its virtual advocacy ...

Read More »

ORR brings on new VP

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), America’s leading coalition of outdoor recreation trade associations and organizations working to promote the growth of the outdoor recreation economy and outdoor recreation activities, has hired successful business entrepreneur and strategist, Lindsey Davis to offer increased support to its members during these difficult times. ORR added that a collective voice is needed now more than ...

Read More »

NMMA advocates for boating industry priorities

Capitol Hill

While the CARES Act included several provisions to bring initial relief to industry, the pandemic's impact on small and medium-sized businesses is still ongoing and threatens to be lasting. While this effort represented a significant step to help the business community navigate these troubled waters, more relief is needed as NMMA members face unprecedented challenges. NMMA is already communicating with ...

Read More »