Each year, Edson International and Newport Exhibition Group honor 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.
Winners of the Edson Star of the Show Award also receive $1,000 off the following year’s display space cost.
Congratulations to the 2021 Edson Awards Winners!
BEST IN-WATER POWERBOAT DISPLAY: MJM Yachts
BEST IN-WATER SAILBOAT DISPLAY: Outbound Yachts/Collection Yachts
BEST BOOTH AWARD: Garmin
BEST LAND DISPLAY: Sealegs
EDSON STAR OF THE SHOW AWARD: Sealegs
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 Best New Weather Gear (wearable). A People’s Choice Award for Best Boat Debut is voted online through our NIBS social media channels in advance of the show. The NFNP program also includes a “Green” category. 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 simple, requiring contact information, a short description and hi-res photo of the entry (boat and/or product). For additional information, contact Nancy Piffard at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include NFNP 2021 in the subject line of the email.
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the NFNP program, view our NFNP Sponsorship brochure here.