The American Kayak Association is hosting its annual conference this weekend in Washington.
There are more than 200 kayak and canoe travel agencies in the United States, according to the Association.
A new survey of more than 2,000 people from June 18 to June 25 found that 75 percent of Americans want to see more kayak tourism.
Kayakers are happy to see an increase in the number of tourists, said Paul J. Tewes, chairman of the association.
“There’s not much to do on the water, especially in the winter,” he said.
“And in the summer, you don’t have much of a chance to get in a kayak.
You can’t paddle on a lake.”
Kayakers also want more people to paddle on the same beaches, he said, and they’re more comfortable with the idea of having a public area and seeing other people.
Kayak companies, such as Kayak America, are doing a great job of getting the word out about the conference, Tewers said.
Many kayak companies have put up posters on public beaches in Washington, and the association is encouraging people to come out and participate in the activities, he added.
It’s important to have a positive environment, said Kayak President Bob Smith.
“We have a lot of water parks and we’ve got lots of beaches in the Northwest, so we think we can really benefit from that,” he added, noting that the association recently expanded its public tours to include a kayaking trip to the White House.
“I think that’s one of the things that we can do better.
I think we need to be able to give more information about where we are, where we’re going, where our clients are and what our business is all in one place.”