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Number of MAATS badges down from last year

The total number of badges distributed for this year's Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show was 1,345, down from 1,780 in 2008, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

Because MAATS was co-located with the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show, and attendees were able to go back and forth between the two shows, the actual attendance at MAATS was higher than the number of badges distributed, the NMMA said.

ICAST distributed 7,400 badges this year.

After being held this year in Orlando, Fla., MAATS is headed back to Las Vegas next year for its 10th anniversary and will once again co-locate with ICAST and STEP.

"There's just so much synergy between the shows. We get a fair amount of [crossover traffic]," said Stephen Evans, director of trade events and meeting services for the NMMA. "I saw a lot of ICAST badges on the MAATS side, and I'm sure visa versa."

Beyond 2010, it's unknown what will happen with MAATS. Some are calling for a consolidation of the show with the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference, which is held in Florida in October.

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