The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association has put the Providence Boat Show up for sale. A letter to exhibitors said the 2019 edition will not run unless a buyer is found.
The trade association said it made the decision based on feedback from its Boat Show Committee. “In the long term, this strategic decision will enable us to better serve our industry,” said RIMTA Executive Director Wendy Mackie and RIMTA President Brandon Kidd in the letter.
RIMTA bought the show in 2013 and said it spent “considerable staff and organizational resources” to “re-energize” the event. “However, it has become clear that this show serves only a specific segment of our statewide industry and our membership,” said the letter. “It is the right time for a new owner to continue the show’s path forward while RIMTA focuses on the programs that support our entire industry.”