Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, that even with travel restrictions and supply chain disruptions still affecting exhibitors, attendance for the 50th anniversary of the show was on the rise.
The four-day event, held along the waterfront in downtown Newport, Rhode Island, opened on Thursday, September 16 and continued through Sunday, September 19. This year’s event featured in-water boats of all types and styles from 15 to 90 feet, and a wide variety of accessories, gear, electronics, gear and services for boaters. The number of visitors to the Show is up 10% compared to 2019.
“It’s so good to be back,” said Nancy Piffard, Show Director, Newport Exhibition Group. “Ticket sales exceeded expectations this year, and exhibitors noted that the quality and engagement of attendees was exceptional. It was clear that businesses and consumers alike were excited to be back at an in-person event. This bodes well for the remainder of the boat show season and the continued growth of the marine industry into 2022 and beyond. “
Exhibitors and sponsors, such as Selden Mast, Inc., Propspeed, and Helly Hansen Newport, have reported great interactions and sales, and are already discussing plans for the 2022 show.
“Every day was as busy as you would expect on a typical Saturday at the show,” said Scott Alexander, OEM sales manager, Selden Mast, Inc. “The boat owners had done their homework and were there to write the checks. It was an epic event!
“The foot traffic was incredible at our booth,” said Rusty Morgan, vice president of sales and operations, Americas, Propspeed. “We didn’t anticipate how many visitors would come and pick us up, excited about our products and eager to make a purchase. We can’t wait for the next event.
“We had our best show ever and I couldn’t be happier,” said Jay Lasky, owner of Helly Hansen Newport.