Trade group promotes Massachusetts referral program - Trade Only Today

Trade group promotes Massachusetts referral program

Author:
Publish date:

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association is encouraging seaside marinas to participate in the Stay Local Boat MA Transient Referral Program.

The reciprocal program, launched in 2009, encourages seasonal guests to visit participating destination marinas in exchange for reduced transient dockage rates. For $50 to $200, participating marinas are given a discount card to hand to every customer and logo placement on two websites, www.staylocalboatma.com and www.boatma.com, the latter being highly trafficked, thanks to MMTA owning the Massachusetts tide charts.

Designed to promote the concept of “vacationing at home,” the Stay Local program keeps boating-related tax dollars local while extending thanks for customer loyalty shown at coastal marinas statewide.

“The program encourages boaters to travel along the Massachusetts coast and explore destination marinas along the way while at the same time saving money," program founder and Newburyport Marinas business manager Randall Lyons said in a statement.

Related

E-nnovation Lab to expand at 2018 Metstrade show

The growing demand for hybrid and electric engines is becoming more apparent within the leisure marine market, prompting Metstrade to introduce the E-nnovation Lab platform for electric propulsion technology.

Aluminum, tow boats lead moderate growth in May

Boat registrations were up 2.1 percent in May in the main powerboat categories, and rose 3.2 percent in all categories, according to preliminary data from Statistical Surveys Inc., a Michigan company that tracks new boat registrations.

Retaliatory tariffs on boats to EU start today

The 25 percent tariff the EU announced Wednesday on U.S.-built boats kicks in today, and a 10 percent tariff on boats sold to Canada will start July 1, prompting boatbuilders to worry they will lose sales to those countries.