The 2013 American Boating Congress, which wrapped up Thursday in Washington, D.C., was a success for the recreational boating industry, the NMMA announced, noting a 25 percent increase in attendance (from 160 to 200) and a 138 percent 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,” National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich said in a statement. “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 percent 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.