The 2013 American Boating Congress, which wrapped up May 9 in Washington, D.C., was a success for the recreational boating industry, according to a press release from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).
The organization reported a 25% increase in attendance (from 160 to 200) and a 138% increase in co-hosts (from 13 to 31). Participants came from a cross-section of the industry, which organizers say is essential to the success of the event.
“I look at the boating industry as an ecosystem,” NMMA President Thom Dammrich said. “If bad legislation and regulation adversely affects one part of the industry, it harms the entire industry. We must continue to work together to gain ground on Capitol Hill.”
The increase in participants resulted in more than 250 meetings with members of Congress, up 34% from last year’s 187, each presenting a unified voice on broad industry concerns such as ethanol, dredging and access, as well as presenting participants’ own issues to their representatives.