Southampton International Boat Show (SIBS) 2020 will not take place as planned this September, in the wake of Britain’s current guidelines on large-scale public gatherings.
SIBS is one of the largest on-water boat shows in Europe and the largest in the UK. It usually attracts over 100,000 visitors and over 430 exhibitors. The 52nd edition of the show was scheduled for September 11-20, 2020, and will now be held in September 2021. However, organisers British Marine say they continue to “explore the options” to run an alternative, smaller-scale outdoor event this year.
British Marine CEO Lesley Robinson says: “The world is in an unprecedented situation with the Covid-19 pandemic and public health is everyone’s priority. 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.
“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 recent government announcement that they will be setting out a timetable for getting events as Covid-19 secure as possible next week.
“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.”