NMMA, the US marine trade association and show producer, announced the cancellation of its Northwest Sportshow in Minneapolis.  A final decision on the industry’s annual gathering in Washington DC in May is still pending

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), announced the cancellation late today of the Progressive® Insurance Northwest Sportshow® scheduled for April 2-5 in Minneapolis, Minnesota – following the decision of the state’s Governor Tim Walz to call for a moratorium on events with more than 250 people.

NMMA is the world’s largest producer of consumer boat and sportshows, managing 18 shows in the largest boating markets across the US. The association also co-produces the International Boatbuilders Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) with RAI Amsterdam – the largest marine b2b event in the US.

”While we remained hopeful that the show would proceed amid the evolving coronavirus situation,” NMMA said in its statement, ”we agree with Governor Walz’s guidance and believe this is the right move to help protect our staff, members, exhibitors and attendees.”

In the same statement, NMMA said the American Boating Congress (ABC) in Washington, DC – an important annual gathering where the industry meets with members of Congress to discuss legislation affecting boating – is currently planned to go forward as scheduled on May 12-14.  However, the association said a final decision would be made at the end of the month, pending developments of the COVID-19 outbreak in America. 

Questions about the Northwest Sportshow can be directed to Senior Vice President of Boat and Sport Shows, Jennifer Thompson at jthompson@nmma.org; and about ABC to NMMA Senior Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs, Nicole Vasilaros at nvasilaros@nmma.org .