A lineup of 25 charter yachts worth a combined value of more than $100 million is on display at the 34th annual Newport Charter Yacht Show, which opened at 10 a.m. today.
The event, which runs through Thursday at the Newport Yachting Center in Newport, R.I., is one of only six such charter industry shows in the world, catering to industry professionals and VIPs interested in exploring the many options available for luxury chartering in New England.
“We have a great lineup of yachts and a range of fun and informative events that I think both the show attendees and the participating captains and crew will enjoy,” Newport Exhibition Group Show director Nancy Piffard said in a statement.
Highlights include a welcome reception this evening, which will take on a Caribbean carnival theme this year with help from the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.
“We were eager to sponsor this event because the USVI and Newport attract such similar visitors, and this will be an excellent opportunity to engage with marine executives, captains, brokers and trade media about this important segment of our territory. We are looking forward to bringing ‘Virgin Islands Nice’ to Newport," U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty said.
On Wednesday and Thursday mornings, two industry-focused seminars — one hosted by the American Yacht Charter Association as part of its annual meeting and the other presented by the Newport Charter Yacht Show — will add to the educational component to the show.