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Providence Boat Show a rousing success

Newport Exhibition Group
January 29, 2013
Filed under News

First New England Boat Show of the Season Realizes Record Attendance

Newport, R.I. – Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Providence Boat Show, announced today that its 2013 Providence Boat Show was a smash success. Held over three days on January 18-20, the show saw an increase in attendance that was nearly 17% higher than the four-day show in 2012. In addition, dozens of dealers and marinas reported boats sold during the show.

“We were very pleased with the turn-out and quality of the people that came to the Providence Boat Show,” said Al Elson, president, Striper Marina. “My sales team not only sold three boats at the show, but we had high-quality conversations that we believe will result in sales down the road. It was refreshing to see such an engaged crowd.”

One of the largest selections of boats and accessories during the winter show season in New England were displayed at the 2013 Providence Boat Show. Attendees were able to view an exceptional assortment of boats of every type, style and use from dinghies to cruisers, as well as a wide variety of accessories and services for boaters.

“We had another great weekend at the Providence Boat Show,” said George Telheiro, founder, Deck Guard. “Show traffic was steady and our Predatory units were a big hit. It was a tremendous show and we look forward to next year.”

The Show’s charitable partner, the Rhode Island SPCA received a portion of Sunday’s ticket sales, a monetary donation by Hunt Yachts, as well as the proceeds from the raffling of a Walker Bay inflatable generously donated by Maritime Solutions of Portsmouth, RI.

“We are so thankful to the Providence Boat Show for choosing us as their charitable partner,” said Jim McGee, director of development, Rhode Island Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals. “Not only will the generous donations help us with our mission, we were also able to raise awareness for our cause through our discussions with the people who attended the show.”

With many other exhibitors holding raffles, contests and incentives; fishing and boating safety seminars; and face painting and balloon art for children, the Boat Show provided something for everyone.

“Given the record attendance, strong boat sales and extremely powerful feedback from exhibitors, we can definitively say the 2013 Providence Boat Show was a rousing success,” said Tom Delotto, director of Newport Exhibition Group. “As the kick-off show for New England and one of the first shows of the year, we hope this indicates a strong year throughout our market and a great platform to build upon
for 2014.”

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