Providence Boat Show set to have new owner

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The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association said today that it will purchase the Providence Boat Show from the Newport Exhibition Group.

In its 21st year, the show is one of the largest winter boat shows in New England and is held annually at the Rhode Island Convention Center. As part of the agreement, the Newport Exhibition Group will support RIMTA through management and marketing consultation, as well as on-site staffing for the next show.

“We are very pleased to take ownership of the Providence Boat Show,” RIMTA president Andy Tyska said in a statement. “The show has always been a strong platform for selling boats and a very positive event for the Rhode Island recreational boating community. Furthermore, it is an opportunity to showcase our industry and its positive impact on Rhode Island’s economy. Newport Exhibition Group’s commitment to the industry and willingness to provide support through the next show were driving factors in making our decision.”

“RIMTA is a natural fit to manage the Providence Boat Show,” Newport Exhibition Group director Tom Delotto said in a statement. “Its dedication to the Rhode Island boating industry and show involvement in past years lends itself to an easy transition. We are pleased to hand over the reins and look forward to supporting them during the transition.”

The 21st annual Providence Boat Show will take place Jan. 31-Feb. 2.

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