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November 2, 2012


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America Outdoors Association Bulletin

AOA Looking at Legal, Administrative and Political Solutions to FMCSA Regulations

Registrations for AOA in Daytona Beach Booming

David Byrd from National Ski Areas Association to Offer Strategies on Compliance with Health Care Reform

Need a Roommate or a Ride from Orlando?

AOA Benchmarking Report Complete

AOA Looking at Legal, Administrative and Political Solutions to FMCSA Regulations
If you have filed for an MC number and are on a 20 week application review schedule, contact AOA immediately.  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations continue to create problems for outfitters.  AOA is exploring every legal, administrative and political channel possible. Please let us know if you are having problems complying with the insurance reporting or other requirements related to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations.  AOA attorney Jon Simon has reviewed the Highway bill passed this summer and the current regulations. That legislation increased fines to $25,000 for carrying passengers for hire in interstate commerce without a Motor Carrier Authorization.  He will be in Daytona Beach on December 4th to answer your questions about compliance issues and problems during the cracker barrels and to meet with individual outfitters who are struggling with MC operating authority and regulatory challenges.

Registrations for AOA in Daytona Beach Booming
Registrations for the AOA Conference in Daytona Beach are running well ahead of last year.  From Sitka Sound Ocean Adventures in Alaska to Apumayu Expeditions in Peru, outfitters are converging in Daytona Beach, December 4 - 6 from far and wide. 

"This will be the most eclectic, diverse group of companies we've ever had at our conference," said David Brown, Executive Director, America Outdoors Association.  "The strength of the agenda, the addition of PPA members and the location are all attracting many new companies and vendors to the event.  We are very excited." 

You still have time to get the early bird registration rate if you register now.  So, finalize your plans to join us for this very exciting learning experience. Register.

Program updates:  
• The Standup Paddleboard Clinic is full.
• The Future of Whitewater Rafting as a Brand will review the state of whitewater rafting. While rafting is declining in some areas, day trips rivers are booming. Preliminary data from 40 rivers around the country show that commercial passengers numbers reached a high point in 2010 in part because of the addition of increased opportunities for day trips. This discussion will focus on the internal and external issues that are impacting the image of whitewater rafting.

David Byrd from National Ski Areas Association to Offer Strategies on Compliance with Health Care Reform
"Real Strategies for Health Care Reform: Seasonal Workers, Coverage Mandates, Tax Credits and More" will include a review of strategies that ski areas are implementing to manage the financial impacts of coverage mandates on operations and joint ownership companies with more than 50 FTE’s. David Byrd, an attorney from NSAA, has graciously offered to share strategies for minimizing coverage and compliance costs for firms with seasonal workers. Companies with more than 50 full-time equivalents (FTE’s) are required to provide qualified coverage or pay assessments with an exemption for the first 30 employees. Part-time workers may be counted toward the 50 employee threshold if they work more than 30 hours per week for about 4 months. Tracy Roseman, MBA, Large Group Health & Benefits Agent for Paychex, will give an overview of the use of exchanges to purchase coverage for small businesses, reporting requirements, coverage changes and the prospects for receiving tax credits for businesses with 25 or fewer employees. How seasonal workers are counted will also determine eligibility for these credits.

Need a Roommate or a Ride from Orlando?
Several folks want to share a room or car rental from Orlando. Call the AOA office if you want us to help you connect with others looking for roommates and ride share.

AOA Benchmarking Report Complete
The overall AOA industry benchmarking study is finished. Companies which subscribed to individual reports will be receiving their company's performance reports this week.  Michael Becher from Industry Insights will be presenting the results from the overall industry study during his presentation on December 5th at the AOA conference in Daytona Beach. He will also be available to discuss the reports with those who received individual company performance reports.  

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