2020 Southampton Boat Show Postponed
Following the COVID-19 guidelines regarding large scale gatherings, British Marine will be postponing the 52nd edition of the Southampton International Boat Show until September 2021.
The UK government has announced that a timetable for resuming events will be revealed in July. British Marine will then explore the options to run an alternative, smaller scale outdoor event for the leisure marine industry.
Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine said, “The world is in an unprecedented situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and public health is everyone’s priority. Annually Southampton International Boat Show attracts an attendance of over 100,000, with over 430 exhibitors. An event of this size and format is simply not possible this year and as such, we have made the decision to postpone it until September 2021.”
Southampton City Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Homes and Culture, commented, “Southampton is known for its jam-packed events calendar and the Boat Show is one of our biggest and most popular features, attracting tens of thousands of people into our city and putting Southampton on the map. We are keen to revive Southampton’s thriving events offer while working within public health advice and government guidelines.” â€¯
Lesley Robinson added, “As government guidance on COVID-19 evolves, British Marine will continue to work with both exhibitors and key event stakeholders to explore all other opportunities, including an alternative smaller scale outdoor event to support the leisure marine industry and its members. British Marine are encouraged by the UK government announcement that they will be setting out a timetable for getting events as COVID-19 secure as possible.”
2020 Cannes Yachting Festival To Go Ahead
The Cannes Yachting Festival has announced it is going ahead as planned from 8 to 13 September. In view of COVID-19, the boats and stands have been installed in accordance with a General Health and Safety Plan based on the health measures recommended by UNIMEV - the events industry professional federation.
Sylvie Ernoult, show manager said, “Given the shutdown of many production sites, the nautical industry has suffered a great deal. This is why we have put all our efforts and expertise into giving yachting industry figures the opportunity to come together, exhibit their products and be reunited with their clients face to face."
2020 Monaco Yacht Show Postponed
With much of the Super Yacht fleet currently located in the US and Caribbean and the normal calendar of activity severely disrupted, it has been agreed that it is in the industry’s best interests to postpone the delivery of the 30th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show to September 2021, rather than September 2020.
All parties have agreed to focus their efforts on supporting the International Yachting Community at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, one of the largest yachting events in the world. This is scheduled to take place in late October 2020. With more than 900 boats anticipated to be on show, including 100 Super Yachts.
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