Newport Exhibition Group, organizer of the Newport International Boat Show, claims attendance was up this year. The event took place in Newport Harbour in Newport, Rhode Island in mid September.
"The weather was perfect and helped make for an incredibly successful boat show,' said Nancy Piffard, Show Director, Newport Exhibition Group. "Based on exhibitor feedback, traffic quality was excellent and sales were strong. We also had a record number of 60 new product introductions including sailboats, powerboats, navigation products and boating gear. The mood of the show was very upbeat. We hope the Newport International Boat Show is indicative of a prosperous boat show season ahead and continued market growth for the boating industry.'
The Newport International Boat features an assortment of power and sailboats ranging from 15 to 90 feet as well as a broad range of boating equipment, systems and boating life-style accessories.
The show offers seminars, hands-on training clinics and its popular Newport For New Products program which includes the debut of numerous new marine items.
A highlight of the show was the Newport For New Products Awards. The Arabesque 50 won for Best Sailboat Over 30 feet and Overall Best Sailboat. The Hunt 32 was selected by a panel of experts as the Best Powerboat over 30 feet and Best Overall Powerboat.
Dates for next year's Newport International Boat Show are September 15 to 18 inclusive.