NMMA hopes to grow ABC attendance

WASHINGTON – The National Marine Manufacturers Association hopes to continue to grow attendance at the American Boating Congress to 500 people, but as of Tuesday morning it appears that attendance numbers for the 2004 ABC are roughly the same as they were at the 2003 event.

Although the final totals are not yet in, NMMA estimates about 260 people – including registrants, staff and spouses – are present for this week’s gathering at the Loews L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in downtown Washington D.C.

Last year’s ABC, held at the same location, attracted approximately 270 participants.

Exact attendance numbers are hard to achieve, according to NMMA vice president of government affairs Monita Fontaine, because a number of unregistered attendees show up every year at the ABC, which ends today.

“I’d like to have 500 registered attendees, but once you get beyond that, covering Capitol Hill becomes overwhelming,” Fontaine said.

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