The Newport International Boat Show (NIBS), now celebrating 50 years, is managed by Newport Exhibition Group. This dynamic and experienced team of trade/consumer show professionals is dedicated to creating a safe, professional environment where buyers and sellers gather, share, and explore the many facets of the boating and marine industry.
Below are a few of the key reasons NIBS has become a “must do” show for exhibitors and attendees alike. For additional information and further details, please view our Exhibitor Brochure or contact our sales team directly.
“We at Everglades are always impressed and grateful for the professionalism, communication, and cooperation that we experience during the Newport International Boat Show. Whether it is working on a solution for more space, or accommodating a special request, the first class staff and organization match the caliber of this first-class show. We look forward to each year at the venue as it feels like a Fall homecoming,” said Timmy Dow, Everglades Boats.
“The Newport International Boat Show is always the perfect kick-off to the Fall boat show season! The staff is amazing and fun to work with. We experienced a definite increase in traffic along with a tremendously successful year,” said Kimberly Dieterich, Springline Yacht Sales.
“The Newport Boat Show never disappoints. We look forward to this show as the kick-off to the show season. It is my favorite for location and time of year. We have a steady flow of customers to the booth and our dealers have always reported good leads as a result of attending. Keep up the good work, we look forward to next year’s show,” said Edward Gleason, Regional Sales Manager – Marine, Garmin International.
“The Newport International Boat Show is a staple of our exhibit calendar and we wouldn’t miss it! With friendly and efficient organization, steady and interested foot traffic throughout the show and all set in a fabulous location – where else would we have chosen to celebrate our 100th birthday?,” said Steven Collier, Director of Marketing, Bainbridge International.
“For 22 years Fischer Panda Generators has attended the Newport International Show with great success. The staff and facilities are great and always organized,” said Chad Godwin, Director of Sales, Fischer Panda.
“The show went great, we had a steady volume of people in and out of the boat and the weather held out,” said Morgan Everson, Dream Yacht Charters
“We exhibit at the Newport Int boat show because we reach a segment of boat owners with high net worth. The geographical reach is from Down East to New York City and Long Island which are very fertile yachting markets. Only Newport reaches these markets. The town of Newport is also a great destination for fun,” said Scott Alexander, Seldén Mast, Inc.
“This was our first year exhibiting in Newport and we were really impressed by the smooth organization and steady crowds. We look forward to seeing you next year,” said Graham Quinn, Harding Sails.
“The Newport International Boat Show felt great to me this year,” said Eric Braitmayer, CEO, IMTRA. “I was impressed with the overall appearance of the show and the boats, products and services on display. It felt like it had everything in a package and was very easy to traverse.”
“We are constantly reminded when we go to other shows, just how good your audience is. Real boaters who respect nice boats.”
– Bentley Collins – Sabre Yachts
“Thanks for a great show. Our whole Gowrie Group team had a great time and everyone thought the show had a great buzz and vibe. So many impressive boats! We had more clients/friends than ever before stopping by our booth.”
– Whitney Peterson, VP, Marketing, The Gowrie Group
“I have been attending this boat show for many years and I just wanted to let you all know it has always been a great pleasure and one that I look forward to every year. Please keep up the good work, because you are the reason I keep coming back. You all are the reason this event is such a wonderful success.”
– Chris Kuhn, attendee
“Thanks for putting on a great boat show! We were very glad to be there, and really appreciate what felt like a great location. Your staff was always helpful, as were our great neighbors… Please consider us interested and happy customers.”
– Bill Griffin, Fawcett Boat Supplies
“This was far and away our best year in terms of gross sales and ease of operation. The euphoria of the show is still in the air, and the high of success is still there.”
– Jay Lasky, Helly Hansen, Newport
“The Newport International Boat Show continues to deliver prospects from the entire northeast. We are committed to continue our participation in this major annual event based on our success in retail sales.”
– Andrew Schneider, Marine Max
Being the first major show of the fall boat show season, foreign and domestic manufacturers embrace the Newport International Boat Show as the place to launch their new boats and boating products. Even better, NIBS is home to the popular Newport For New Products (NFNP) program which, in partnership with three national boating magazines; Cruising World, Sailing World, and Yachting, showcases these debuts via several marketing and media platforms at no additional cost to the exhibitor. Industry experts judge each entry on opening day and awards are given for Best New Powerboat, Best New Sailboat, Best New Product – Navigation (including marine electronics), Best New Product – Boat Operation, Maintenance & Safety and a People’s Choice Award for Best Overall Boat Debut chosen by attendees. The NFNP program also includes a “Green” category, and each company accepted into the NFNP program will be eligible for this award. One winner will be chosen for Best New “Green” Boat and one winner will be chosen for Best New “Green” Product, based on the green benefits and features of their entry.
The NFNP application is short and simple, requiring contact information, a short description and hi-res photo of the entry. Click below for additional information regarding boat and product applications and criteria, respectively.
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the NFNP program, view our NFNP Sponsorship brochure here.
Each year, Edson International honors four companies whose display exudes pride and professionalism. All exhibits are viewed by an independent group of judges and assessed on: cohesive branding throughout; eye-catching and inviting set-up; well-dressed, friendly, knowledgeable staff; brochures and business cards readily available; neat, clean environment, etc.
Congratulations to the 2019 Edson Awards winners!
BEST IN-WATER POWERBOAT DISPLAY: Maritimo
BEST IN-WATER SAILBOAT DISPLAY: Fast Forward Composites
BEST BOOTH AWARD: Ugo
BEST FREE-STANDING DISPLAY: Oris Luxury Watches
STAR OF THE SHOW: Oris Luxury Watches
Congratulations to the 2019 winners, and thank you for everything you bring to our industry!