MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 23, 2023 – The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) announces that its annual Dealer Week Conference and Expo has set an all-time high for exhibitors, suppliers and manufacturers that have committed to display at the event held Dec. 4-7, 2023, in Tampa, Fla.
The Expo Hall at the Tampa Convention Center is nearly sold out. Of the 147 businesses currently committed to exhibit at the 2023 event, more than 40 exhibitors will be displaying at Dealer Week for the first time. Not only has the attendance bar been raised by 18 percent over the previous record of 124 exhibitors set last year in Austin, Texas, but amongst the exhibitors are 45+ boat brands, which sets another high-water mark. The exhibitor growth has made the Tampa event the largest show floor on record.
In addition to the exhibits within the Expo Hall, Dealer Week will feature 18 boat slips on the water. These in-water displays at the Tampa Convention Center Boat Docks will allow dealers to sign up for demos and view products in the Seddon Channel.
“We have built an impressive list of exhibitors this year for Dealer Week’s return to Tampa, Florida,” said Allison Gruhn, MRAA Vice President of Business Development. “Dealer Week connects manufacturers, suppliers and service providers with marine industry decision-makers and provides them an avenue to showcase their products, industry innovations and services. Networking and education, two staples provided to attending dealers at Dealer Week, are essential for growth, relationship building and increasing both brand awareness and trust.”
Dealer Week’s unmatched education and jam-packed Expo Hall provide dealerships with a two-fold solution to address their current struggles and implement tactics to improve their 2024 planning. This year, Dealer Week attendees can take advantage of a multitude of exhibitor categories, including CRM and dealer management systems, technology services, engine and boat manufacturers, finance and insurance providers and more.
“The ability for attendees to have direct access to industry contacts, resources and experts under one roof is as convenient as it is beneficial for their growth and the success of the marine industry,” said Gruhn. “We’re thankful for every exhibitor because a busy Expo Hall is crucial in providing an incomparable customer experience and producing a world-class event.”
See the complete list of 2023 exhibitors at Dealerweek.com.
About the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas
At the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, we believe that for the marine industry to thrive, the retail organizations that interact with the boaters in their community must thrive. With that in mind, MRAA works to create a strong and healthy boating industry by uniting those retailers, providing them with opportunities for improvement and growth, and representing them with a powerful voice. For more information, visit MRAA.com or contact us at 763-315-8043.
About Dealer Week
For more than 50 years, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has delivered world-class educational programming to dealers, retailers and service operations that power the boating industry and serve today’s boaters. Dealer Week exists to engage, energize and empower the dealer community. The MRAA envisions a brighter future for marine retail, and Dealer Week is the preeminent means for bringing that vision to life. Learn more at DealerWeek.com.