The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, owner of the Providence Boat Show, said it has drawn a strong lineup of sponsors for the Jan. 23-25 event at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
RIMTA, which purchased the show in 2013, said it wants to draw a large crowd of boating consumers and ultimately strengthen the region’s marine trades. Last year, the event saw a 15 percent increase in space sales and a 20 percent increase in ticket sales.
Organizers said several Rhode Island companies have signed on as sponsors to support new features designed to attract show-goers. Chief among them is The Washington Trust Co., the largest state-chartered bank based in Rhode Island, which has joined as sponsor of the show’s centerpiece attraction: The Washington Trust Show Pavilion.
The pavilion is the focal point of the show, with revolving events that include sea-to-table cooking demonstrations with the region’s top chefs, special guest appearances and presentations designed to educate and inspire boaters.
New England Boating, a multimedia company that produces a TV show for NESN and a magazine of the same name, has come onboard to create a new feature: the New England Boating Experience. Showgoers will learn about all of the ways they can go boating in New England, ranging from simple and affordable to high-speed and high-tech.
"Boat show consumers are looking for new experiences from one year to the next: They need to be entertained, they need to be amazed and they need to find reasons to keep coming back,” show director Jonathan Banks said in a statement. “We are pleased to announce the addition of new sponsors who are giving us the horsepower to create new attractions and build on last year’s success.”
“The Providence show is a valuable opportunity to tell people why Rhode Island is a great place to go boating,” RIMTA CEO Wendy Mackie said. “It’s inspiring to see how our sponsors have matched their business goals with different areas of the show to create new ways to support the marine trades — a business sector that is vital to our state’s economy.”
Information is available by visiting www.providenceboatshow.com or calling RIMTA at (401) 396-9619.