NMMA Canada Receives Federal Funding for International Trade Mission

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada has announced that it will receive $58,650 in funding from the federal government to help industry members explore international trade opportunities abroad.

The funding stems from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development's Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA) program, which supports national associations and will allow Canadian marine manufacturers the opportunity to explore new and emerging markets through tradeshow missions.

"NMMA Canada is fortunate to receive GOA program funding for a second time,' says NMMA Canada's Executive Director/VP Government Relations, Sara Anghel. "In 2013, together with Canadian marine manufacturers, the government funding allowed us to take a trade mission abroad to both the Eurasia Boat Show and the Dubai International Boat Show to establish distributor opportunities in these important marine markets.'
Come May, the new funding will allow NMMA Canada to assemble a trade mission for Canadian marine businesses to attend the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), running from May 22 to 25 in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

"This is an excellent opportunity to grow your business and expand your network in this key market,' adds Anghel. "With over 300 exhibitors and 38,000 visitors, SCIBS is considered a go-to event in the Southern Hemisphere. The Gold Coast region boasts above average boat ownership, waterways and marine infrastructure, and a penchant for the boating lifestyle.'

In 2013, Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show celebrated 25 years of promoting Australian ingenuity and innovation to visiting international delegations.

The GOA program provides matching funds up to 50 percent of eligible expenses for companies that exhibit and attend the show. Costs for exhibiting at SCIBS are US $950 for a booth that is three metres by three metres (after funding dollars have been applied). The GOA program will also support companies by covering 50 percent of their travel costs to and from the show.

Contact NMMA Canada by May 1 if your company is interested in exhibiting and/or attending the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, at (905) 951-4048 or sanghel@nmma.org.