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MAATS moving to Orlando

The Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show is moving to a new venue this year.

Held in Las Vegas for the last eight years, MAATS 2009 will be held July 15-17 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The National Marine Manufacturers Association will again partner with the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, which is also relocating to Florida.

“Orlando is a natural fit for MAATS, not only for its proximity to so many marine and outdoor retailers but also because of the strong boating community that stretches throughout the city,” said Ben Wold, executive vice president of the NMMA, in a statement.

“We expect 2009 to be a pivotal year for MAATS, with exhibitors bringing extremely fresh, innovative products to help our industry and the boater adapt to the shifting boating environment, focusing on everything from the eco-friendly to the affordable,” Wold added.

The three-day event will include networking opportunities, a presentation of the aftermarket accessory Innovation Awards, buyer-supplier meetings, and new-product previews. In addition, the National Marine Distributors Association has combined its S.T.E.P. Purchasing Conference with MAATS.

Exhibit space is still available for this year’s show. Contact sales manager Joanne Miller at (312) 946-6245. For information on buyer-supplier meetings or new product introductions, e-mail Melissa Gurniewicz.

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