MILTON, Mass. — The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association is promoting the “Stay Local Boat MA” Transient Referral Program among marinas. The program was launched in 2011 and there are currently 18 participating facilities.
This reciprocal program encourages seasonal guests to visit participating destination marinas in exchange for reduced transient dockage rates determined by the number of boats traveling together.
Designed to promote the concept of “vacationing at home,” the Stay Local program works to keep boating-related tax dollars local while offering discounts to boaters. It correlates with the “Massachusetts – It’s All Here” program launched in 2009.
“The Stay Local Program is not only customer-friendly, it is competitor-friendly. The concept is so simple yet completely original at a time when small businesses of every kind are focused inward to survive,” stated Jack Kent III, MMTA President and owner of Bayside Marine in Duxbury.
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