NMMA Announces Major Boat Show Cancellations

November 2021 News National Marine Manufacturers Association

Letter from the NMMA president:

As we prepare for the upcoming winter boat show season, we have important NMMA show news to share with you today. We have decided to postpone the 2022 Progressive Insurance Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Nashville, and St. Louis boat shows to 2023. The postponement of these five shows is the result of thorough analysis, alongside exhibitors and stakeholders, of the unique needs and economics of each region spanning date availability to supply chain disruptions to historically low market-specific boat inventory.

We’re planning for a return of NMMA’s entire boat show schedule in 2023 under the new Discover Boating umbrella. In the meantime, we’re excited to announce the addition of two NEW events planned for 2022. As part of NMMA’s strategic plan to expand the way we serve the industry and consumers nationwide, we will be launching a new boating event on Georgia’s Lake Lanier, outside Atlanta, this spring, complementing the reboot of the 2023 Atlanta Boat Show.

We’re also excited to share that NMMA will launch a Discover Boating showcase in Washington, D.C. in May for policymakers and influencers, in tandem with the 2022 American Boating Congress (ABC), serving as a platform to elevate industry innovations and the boating lifestyle. This event will set the stage for a consumer-facing boating event in the spring of 2023 alongside ABC. Expect to hear more details on these events in the coming weeks.

NMMA is moving full speed ahead to produce the nine other boat shows on our show roster in 2022. And after Thanksgiving, we’ll be introducing Discover Boating as part of the 2022 Miami International Boat Show, February 16–20, 2022. This move is a precursor for all NMMA events, as well as other industry events, to fully integrate with Discover Boating in 2023.

NMMA’s 2022 boat show and event schedule is as follows:

Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support as NMMA continues to reimagine what it means to connect our industry with customers. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Senior Vice President of Boat and Sport Shows, Jennifer Thompson, at jthompson@nmma.org.

Sincerely,

Frank Hugelmeyer       
President
National Marine Manufacturers Association  

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