Water, Sports and Travel Festival Cancelled


DEMA officials issue statement regarding Florida event.

Released on: 2/6/2013

The Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) has announced that it has canceled plans for the Water, Sports and Travel Festival which was originally scheduled for spring of 2013. 

According to Tom Ingram, Executive Director of DEMA, "The Water, Sports and Travel Festival could only be conducted with the full support of the diving industry, including dive retailers, scuba manufacturers and training organizations. The cross marketing concept, originally introduced in 2011 at the DEMA Membership Meeting as a way to reach potential new diving customers, was initially embraced by diving equipment manufacturers, dive training organizations and dive travel providers, as well as by associations and companies in the board sports and water craft industries. Unfortunately, even after several changes to the proposed Festival structure, including prohibiting life support equipment sales by exhibitors, the Festival concept has not generated sufficient support from the diving business community." 

"After listening to stakeholders in the Diving Industry, and encountering various ongoing objections, the DEMA Board has determined that plans to stage the Festival should be ended now, prior to reaching important deadlines in the event's production cycle," stated Stephen Ashmore, President of the DEMA Board. "We appreciate those companies that signed on immediately and have continued to support the vision of the Festival, and we hope all Members will join us in determining future investment opportunities for DEMA to promote recreational diving and bring in new diving customers." 

DEMA will directly reach out to contracted Festival exhibitors and partners regarding cancellation of the event to process accounts. Exhibitors can also contact DEMA at wstfest@dema.org.   

DEMA, the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association, is an international organization dedicated to the promotion and growth of the recreational scuba diving and snorkeling industry.  With more than 1,400 members, this non-profit, global organization promotes scuba diving through consumer awareness programs and media campaigns such as the national Be a Diver campaign; diver retention initiatives such as DiveCaching; and an annual trade-only event for businesses in the scuba diving, action watersports and adventure/dive-travel industries, DEMA Show.  DEMA Show 2013 will take place November 6-9, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orland, FL.  For more information on DEMA and affiliated programs contact (800) 862-DIVE (3483) or (858) 616-6408 or visit www.dema.org.  Stay updated by following “DEMA.Org” on Facebook and Twitter.

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