New England states will host booth at METS

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Commerce RI’s International Trade Program and the Maine International Trade Center will partner to host a “Best of New England” booth within the U.S.A. pavilion Nov. 18-20 at the 2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam.

“Rhode Island has a worldwide reputation as a center for marine activities,” Paul Harden of Commerce RI said in a statement. “The opportunity for Rhode Island companies to showcase their expertise to a global market is unprecedented.”

“Europe continues to be in our top 10 export markets for New England boatbuilders,” Maine International Trade Center president Janine Cary said. “We are excited to feature our quality New England marine products and boats at the show.”

The exhibit booth is large enough to accommodate at least six companies — ideally three from Rhode Island and three from Maine. The partnership between Rhode Island and Maine broadens the base of eligible companies and builds momentum to successfully market the booth.

The state agencies also will be working with the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the U.S. Commercial Service.

The special exhibitor fee for the “Best of New England” booth is $4,500 and includes:

• Pre-show and on-site support and coordination, including registration, hotel, booth needs, shipping and invoicing from state trade staff, the NMMA’s export development director and U.S. Commerce Department representatives

•·A pre-show networking lunch

• Increased exposure through an aggressive marketing campaign that includes coverage in The Daily News and the METS official show catalog to drive traffic through the booth

• Metstrade.com, an online B2B resource with appointment module

•·Daily refreshments at the NMMA booth

•·A networking cocktail reception with live music for all U.S.A. Pavilion exhibitors, with unlimited invitations for their clients and industry contacts

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