NEWPORT, RI – September 8, 2016 – Dockwa, Inc., the industry-leading marina reservation platform headquartered in Newport, Rhode Island, will exhibit at the 2016 Newport International Boat Show next week,Thursday, September 15th through Sunday, September 18th, 2016 on the Newport waterfront along America’s Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island.
The Dockwa exhibit will be located at Gate 2, across from the Dockwa office at 1 Commercial Wharf. Boat show attendees who visit the booth will receive Dockwa giveaways, and will be able to purchase Dockwa belts, t-shirts, and tank tops to benefit the children's cancer research charity Vs. Cancer. Attendees will also be able to discuss upcoming features and learn about the company from Dockwa's CEO and Engineering team.
In addition, Dockwa is proud to have been asked to speak at the U.S. Super Yacht Association's Industry Roundtable, the topic of which is "Cuba, Comanche, and Dockwa," to take place Thursday, September 17 at 8:30am. CEO Mike Melillo will join industry leaders, who will discuss the world-renowned racing yacht Comanche's epic record-setting tour, as well as the changing cruising landscape of Cuba. Melillo will discuss Dockwa's impact on the marine industry, its history and current initiatives, as well as industry trends noted since the company's launch.
"We're honored to be invited by the Rhode Island Marine Trade Association and the U.S. Superyacht Association to speak with our marine industry peers about Dockwa's growth thus far and plans for the future," said Dockwa CEO Mike Melillo. "Dockwa was created in Newport, and the boating community here has shown us nothing but support since day one." As the only marina reservation platform to offer a seamless booking experience – in which the boater and marina manager can easily communicate through one website and app – Dockwa's expansion throughout New England has steadily grown since the launch of the app in May 2015.
The 2016 Newport International Boat Show has secured a record number of exhibitors, and organized more educational activities and attractions for showgoers than ever before, according to the show's owners and producers Newport Exhibition Group. One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country, the event will host nearly 600 exhibitors from around the world with an exceptional assortment of boats of every type and style from 15 to 110 feet, and a wide variety of accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters.
This year’s show includes a powerful line-up of new boats and products making their U.S. debut, and for some, their world premier. In addition, there are a wide variety of new products for boat navigation and safety. “We take pride in organizing a show that is successful and worthwhile for exhibitors, attendees and sponsors,” said Show Director Nancy Piffard. “To stay relevant, we need to continuously attract new companies with new boat brands for showgoers to shop and compare. We also have to add programs that excite attendees and create experiences that even our long-time supporters will talk about for years to come.”
Founded in May 2015, Dockwa is an award-winning, unified marina operations platform which connects boaters to marinas in real time, online and by app. Boaters download the free iOS or Android app or log in online and then search, explore, reserve and pay for their reservations in a matter of minutes. Marinas then use the Dockwa platform to confirm the reservation, collect payment and deposit the customers' information into their intelligent database with a single click. Headquartered in Newport, RI, Dockwa rapidly expanded along the eastern seaboard in its first year to a growing marina network of more than 400 marinas and tens of thousands of boaters. Dockwa is now expanding into the Great Lakes region, the West Coast and beyond. For more information, visit: https://dockwa.com and follow on Facebook, LinkedIn, and @getdockwa on Twitter.
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