Newport show reports rise in attendance

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Organizers said attendance at this year’s Newport International Boat Show increased by more than 12 percent from last year.

Gate sales alone were back to levels seen two and three years ago, and exhibitor guests and other tickets had yet to be counted, according to Newport Exhibition Group, the show producer. Although final figures were unavailable, show director Nancy Piffard says there were about 40,000 attendees, up from 30,000 last year.

Exhibitors indicated there was much interest in all areas – powerboats, sailboats and boating products of all kinds – and a good number of boats were sold, NEG reports.

Traditionally seen as the first show of the fall boat-show season, the Newport, R.I., event is one of the five largest in-water shows in the country, presenting more than 650 exhibitors with more than 500 boats from 16 to 92 feet.

There were also engines, sails, equipment, safety products and electronics, plus thousands of accessories and services, as well as seminars, demonstrations and workshops.


6 comments on “Newport show reports rise in attendance

  1. Don

    It’s refreshing to hear of the attendance increase however, unless the rules regarding calculating percentages have changed, the increase from 30,000 to 40,000 is an increase of 33%, not 12%. 

  2. Capt Steve

    Yep, the Newport figures are positive. The attendance figures from the Annapolis Boat Shows next month should be interesting. Personally, I’m really ready for the industry to ‘recover’.
    (fingers crossed)


    I understand that Thursday was a VIP day with a premium price on the ticket. This is a show that historically has lost at least one day to weather and I dont think we should throw up any kind of road block to attendance. Somebody told me it was $27 for a ticket. Why discourage anybody from attending when you never know what the next day wil bring. Even the well heeled will balk at $27 ticket price.

  4. brad

    as a producer of a number of different type shows in fla, which has been decimated, it feels like things are  turning. weather that is because we are not falling or things are improving remains to be seen

  5. THEO

    Hope these numbers are more reflective of recovery in the industry and not just the great weather for this year’s show.  Would be curious to see the details behind the “good number of sales” .

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