Alternative show confirmed

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British Marine’s alternative boat show will go ahead in September.

The organisation has confirmed that subject to last minute changes in the Covid-19 regulations, Boats 2020 presented by Southampton International Boat Show, will be held at Mayflower Park, Southampton, from September 11 – 20 2020.

The not-for-profit event will take the form of an outdoor and on the water show, with organisers keen to stress the health, safety and security of exhibitors, visitors and colleagues will be the number one priority.

“British Marine has remained absolutely committed to supporting the industry through the provision of an event this year,” said CEO Lesley Robinson. “The staging of Boats 2020 presented by Southampton International Boat Show Ltd would not have been possible without the support of Southampton City Council and I am delighted that we have been able to make this happen, at a time when so many other events have been cancelled.”

She added: “This not-for-profit event will offer boat buyers and the leisure marine industry a chance to come together with the reassurance that the event is within government guidelines.

“Visitors will see a super range of sailing and power boats and the event format with bookable time slots on each stand will create a day of quality viewing for visitors.”


And she said the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has confirmed that the event plans fall within current Government guidance.

Safety measures will focus on four cornerstones; social distancing, cleaning and hygiene, protect and detect and clear communications. The show layout and ticketing platform will help create a safe environment for all visitors and allow them to focus on spending quality time with exhibitors.

Tickets will be limited and BM will be monitoring and responding to any last-minute changes in the ever-evolving health situation. Visitors, exhibitors and event staff will have to comply with all the latest public health advice.

Exhibitors must commit to the event by August 7 in order for the marina to be built and other operational details to be fulfilled.

To date 78 boats from 30 brands including Princess Yachts, are confirmed, alongside more than 40 land-based exhibitors of related marine equipment.

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