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Newport show reports attendance boost

The Newport Exhibition Group said attendance was up this year from 2014.
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Power- and sailboats from 15 to 90 feet were on display at the show.

Power- and sailboats from 15 to 90 feet were on display at the show.

The Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, said attendance was up this year from 2014 and the first two days of the Sept. 17-20 show brought serious buyers to the Rhode Island event.

“This year was without a doubt our best show yet, and with the Newport Yachting Center site secured for the future, we are already working on creative ways to increase our exhibit space,” Newport Harbor Corp. CEO Paul O’Reilly said in a statement.

Visitors were able to see an assortment of power and sail boats ranging from 15 to 90 feet and a range of boating equipment, systems and boating lifestyle accessories. The show also offered seminars, hands-on training clinics and its popular Newport For New Products program, which included the U.S. debuts of dozens of new boats and boating products for 2016.

“The weather was perfect and helped make for an incredibly successful boat show,” said Nancy Piffard, show director, Newport Exhibition Group. “Based on exhibitor feedback, traffic quality was excellent and sales were strong. We also had a record number of 60 new product introductions, including sailboats, powerboats, navigation products and boating gear. The mood of the show was very upbeat.”


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