Korea and Hong Kong shows postponed in response to the Coronavirus threat, while other Asian show organisers are closely monitoring the situation
In response to the continued spread of the Novel Coronavirus, the organisers of several boat shows due to take place in Asia through March and April have already taken action to cancel or postpone their events while others are monitoring the situation closely.
The following is the current position relating to this series of shows:
Japan International Boat Show
A spokesman told IBI: “We still plan to hold the show but are monitoring the situation.”
Taiwan International Boat Show
A spokesman told IBI: “We are having a meeting on Friday (February 7) to make a decision.”
Korea International Boat Show
Show director Danny Lim told IBI: “We have postponed the show until June or October. We will make a decision later.”
China Shanghai International Boat Show
A spokeswoman sent the latest notification issued on January 31, 2020 about the show which said: “Informa Markets and Shanghai Informa Markets International Exhibition Co Ltd continue to closely monitor the developments of the Novel Coronavirus which first emerged from Wuhan, China in December 2019. The safety of our customers and our staff is always our top priority. As such we are taking precautions and safety measures as recommended by the Departments of Health in Shanghai and China as well as the World Health Organisation seriously.
“As the organiser of the 25th China Shanghai International Boat Show and the Lifestyle Show, scheduled on March 31-April 2 in Shanghai, we are closely aligned with the efforts by the Chinese government to control and limit the spread of the infectious disease.
“We continue to monitor the developing situation and remain in close communication with the relevant local government bodies and other key stakeholders.
”In the meantime, we are actively coordinating with the exhibition venues in Shanghai and reserving alternative time slots for our event should postponement be deemed necessary. Once confirmed, we will announce the schedule of the 25th China Shanghai International Boat Show and the Lifestyle Show.”
Hong International Boat Show
A spokeswoman for the show at Club Marina Cove told IBI: “We have cancelled the show due to be held in April.”
Singapore Yacht Show
The latest communication about the show included the following: “With regards to the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus, we are closely monitoring the situation and will implement precautionary measures as and when advised by the Ministry of Health in Singapore. The well-being of all participants and visitors to the SYS is paramount for us and the event will be conducted in full compliance with the relevant health and safety guidelines.”
The IFBSO (International Federation of Boat Show Organisers) and ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industries Associations ) have also cancelled their combined annual Congress due to be held this year in Zhuhai in China in May and are currently discussing alternative venues with the Italian marine trade association Confindustria Nautica which is likely to host the event in an as yet undisclosed location.
By David Robinson IBI PLus