The NMTA hosts two prominent events, namely the Seattle Boat Show and the Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show, which serve as vibrant platforms for promoting the recreational boating industry in the Pacific Northwest. These shows bring together a diverse audience of enthusiasts, professionals, and the general public, offering a unique opportunity for networking, finding new customers, and sharing the passion for all things boating in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring an extensive and diverse range of vessels, from luxury yachts to rugged fishing boats, tenders, ski boats, kayaks, and much more, along with a wide array of accessories, services, and travel destinations, these exhibitions are expertly designed by NMTA staff to support the growth of your boating business.
NMTA’s Grow Boating Program serves the NMTA’s core purpose – to increase the number of boaters in the Northwest. The program’s mission: To increase the number of boaters and encourage current boaters to boat more often through the development of programs, events and promotions.
Since 2003, NMTA has spent over $2 million to promote boating in the Pacific Northwest. NMTA’s Grow Boating program is funded through a surcharge on square-footage rented during the Seattle Boat Show each January. The Grow Boating Committee awards multiple grants up to $30,000 in total annually.
The NMTA Grow Boating Committee oversees the management and allocation of NMTA’s regional Grow Boating fund, and determines what programs, events and promotions should be undertaken to encourage boating in the Northwest.