The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association received a $20,000 recovery grant from the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism to help market its 2021 “Stay Local Boat MA” program.
The grant program aims to strengthen the state’s economy through the development and enhancement of its tourism industry.
The Stay Local Boat MA initiative was created in 2009 to help promote destination marinas for transient boaters. The program offers discounts on dockage from 10 to 20 percent.
“Every $1 spent on dockage equates to close to $4 to the local economy where the boaters are traveling,” MMTA executive director Randall Lyons said in a statement. “Boaters are spending money on shopping, lodging, at restaurants and more, so this program creates a win for boaters, marinas and local economies.”