SIBS 2020 CANCELLED
HOMENEWSCOVID-19SIBS 2020 CANCELLED
04 Jul 2020
SIBS 2020 has been postponed
Organisers, British Marine, state the 52nd edition of the show will be postponed until September 2021 in the wake of Covid-19 government guidelines on large gatherings.
However BM says options will be explored to run an alternative, smaller scale outdoor event.
“The world is in an unprecedented situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and public health is everyone’s priority,” said Lesley Robinson, BM CEO.
“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.”
She added: “We’re naturally very disappointed that we cannot run the event this year in its usual magnitude and format, but the Southampton International Boat Show is a key international event, which will be back stronger than ever in 2021.
“We will ensure that we make the 52nd edition one to remember.”
Current exhibitor bookings can be transferred to 2021, retaining their stand positions and 2020 rates. Otherwise, BM says refunds can also be requested.
Next year‘s show is scheduled to start on September 10.