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Newport show changes press-conference format

The Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show, said the annual state-of-the-industry press conference will be held Sept. 12 at 8:15 a.m. in Sunset Lounge at the end of Commercial Wharf.

A new format will feature a question-and-answer session among a panel of industry experts. Executives from five marine segments — boating gear, engine manufacturers, marine electronics, powerboat and sailboat — will answer questions presented by an emcee.

Afterward, Sail Newport executive director Brad Read will give a brief presentation about the Volvo Ocean Race and its planned first-ever stopover in Newport next May. The press conference will conclude with the announcement of the Newport for New Products and Edson Star Award winners.

“We are excited to roll out this fresh approach to our annual state-of-the-industry press conference,” Newport Exhibition Group show director Nancy Piffard said in a statement. “Editors and attendees will hear each expert’s thoughts on current trends related to their segment of the industry, as well as what the future holds for the boating market. It’s an exciting time to be in Newport and this highlight of the show should not be missed.”

The show will be held Sept. 11-14 on the Newport waterfront along America’s Cup Avenue. One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country, the event will host nearly 750 exhibitors from around the world with an exceptional assortment of boats of every type and style from 15 to 110 feet, and a wide variety of accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters.

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