Newport International Boat Show changes ownership

Published On: February 27, 2024Categories: Industry News, News

The Newport Restaurant Group (NRG), owner and producer of the annual Newport International Boat Show (NIBS), announced today that the show was acquired by South Florida Ventures. With a 53-year heritage, the Newport International Boat Show occupies more than 13 acres of historic downtown Newport, Rhode Island. With a lineup of more than 600 exhibitors and the largest in-water display in New England, the show showcases power and sailboats, marine accessories, products and services.

South Florida Ventures has seen rapid expansion over the past five years, acquiring and launching specialized businesses and brands catering to the luxury lifestyle sector, including most recently the Miami International Boat Show. It also oversees the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Palm Beach International Boat Show, the St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show, and the Suncoast Boat Show.

The Newport International Boat Show will be the first Northeast addition in South Florida Ventures’ boating portfolio. The NIBS event will take place September 12-15, 2024. Exhibitor and sponsor space contracts are actively being accepted as of January 15, 2024, and tickets will go on sale to the public June 1, 2024. For more information, visit