Organizers of the Marine Dealer Conference and Expo say a record-high 683 individuals have registered for the annual dealer event before the close of early bird registration (September 19). That number reportedly represents a 14.4-percent increase over registration figures at the same time last year (597).
With the early bird deadline expired, there are now less than two months until the event, running from November 16 to 19 at the Orange County Convention Center and Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida.
"We're thrilled by the response to this year's event,' explains Liz Walz, Director of Education for the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA), which produces the annual event in partnership with Boating Industry. "With more educational sessions than ever before, MDCE promises a huge return on investment for those who attend, and it's incredibly rewarding to see so many dealers â€” and the companies that serve them â€” are planning to join us.'
With more than 1,100 total registered attendees recorded in 2013 (615 of which were dealers), early bird registrations in 2014 have already exceeded the MRAA's projected forecasts.
"This MDCE is shaping up to be the biggest and best in the event's history,' says Boating Industry editor-in-chief Jonathan Sweet. "We know that once dealers attend the event, they come back year after year, so the large number of first-time attendees is especially exciting.'
The 2014 MDCE will offer 30 educational sessions in all, including seven Pre-Conference Workshops. The conference has traditionally included three educational tracks, but in 2014, it has expanded to four tracks: Leadership, Sales, Marketing and Service Plus. Each of the tracks has a total of five sessions. A Closing Keynote address also has been added this year.