Newport International Boat Show Announces Show Logistics and Travel Information


Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show (NIBS), today announced show information for those planning to attend the 49th annual show from September 12-15, 2019. One of the largest boat shows nationwide, and kicking off the boat show season, NIBS will welcome exhibitors from all over the world with an exceptional assortment of boats of all types and styles, as well as a variety of accessories, equipment, electronics, equipment and services for boaters.

The landscape along America’s Cup Avenue and Commercial Wharf has recently been transformed with the construction of the new Hammetts Wharf Hotel. However, the location of the hotel forced the show producers to refresh and modify the tent and terrestrial exhibits that once stood in its current location. There is no impact on the space in the water, in fact there are extensions on the north and south sides of the Newport Yachting Center to accommodate the growing number of boats. For attendees’ purposes, all parts of the show are still connected and within walking distance of each other – the show has essentially moved north to the Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina.

“We have enlarged and changed the layout of the show to accommodate our tents and exhibitors while keeping everything within walking distance,” said Nancy Piffard, director of the show in a statement. “This year, in addition to all of the latest and greatest performing boats and marine products on display at the Newport Yachting Center, plan to walk north towards Bannister’s and Bowen’s Wharves to all the additional exhibits currently in Market Square and Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina. ”

The Living Room Office and Will Call Window are located at the New Market Square Entrance of the Living Room, across from Seamen’s Church Institute.

Below is a list of land developments:

  • Tent C is located at the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina (NHHM) at the intersection of America’s Cup Avenue and Market Square.
  • Market place, which runs perpendicular to America’s Cup Avenue, will be the main entrance to the show with exhibits of tented grounds and house the living room office and the Will Call window.
  • Bowen wharf the central lot will be the exhibition of NIBS lands.
  • Tent A, which is opposite The Mooring restaurant, has doubled in size – occupying the entire grounds.
  • Tent B has been expanded and will be dedicated to engines, engine accessories and marine services.
  • D&G tents are in the same location as in the past on the Newport Yachting Center site.

Security fences will surround and contain the hotel construction project.

The best place to park to watch the show is at Easton’s Beach, located at 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport. Parking is $ 25 per vehicle and a continuous shuttle service to and from the boat show site (approximately 1.6 miles) is available free with parking space. The car park and the shuttle service run every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. A parking pass for the Easton’s Beach lot can be purchased at the beach entrance or in advance online – parking passes purchased online must be ordered at least 24 hours from the advance. Disabled parking and a shuttle service are also available at Easton’s Beach.

To avoid Newport traffic, spectators can also park in Jamestown, Rhode Island and take the Jamestown / Newport ferry to the show. A free shuttle runs from the Jamestown parking lots to the ferry terminal. The ferry disembarks and picks you up at Perrotti Park, which is a short walk from the lounge. Round-trip fares are $ 26 for adults. Tickets for the show can also be purchased at the Jamestown Ferry terminal or on the ferry itself. Visit for the ferry schedule.

Additionally, the Seastreak Ferry Company operates a ferry service from Providence to Newport. Parking at the Providence Ferry Terminal is free and a free shuttle service is provided between Providence Train Station, Convention Center, Downtown and Providence Ferry Terminal in Newport. The ferry from Providence to Newport drops off and picks up at Perrotti Park. Round-trip fares are $ 22 for adults. The ferry schedule is available on

The town of Newport is full of fun and interesting things to do, wonderful things to see, and comfortable places to stay. The Newport County Convention & Visitors Bureau (NCCVB) did a fantastic job in putting it all together. For more information on the city by the sea, visit their website

Newport International Boat Show has partnered with to make it easier for you to find and reserve your hotel room during the show. Visit to book online or call 866-877-3083 or 954-548-0878 to speak to someone live. Be sure to check the website often as hotel partners are added frequently, but advance reservations are strongly recommended.

For more information on the 49th Newport International Boat Show and to purchase advance tickets, please visit


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