Less than five weeks before it was due to kick-off, the inaugural London Yacht Show has been postponed, organisers announced today
The organisers of the London Yacht Show announced today (April 6) that the inaugural event has been postponed until 2020, citing slow take-up from “some segments of the industry and from luxury brands”.
Billed as the replacement for the London Boat Show, which was cancelled in May 2018, the London Yacht Show was due to run from May 8-12 as an expanded version of the London On-Water Boat Show, which had run at St Katharine Docks since 2015.
However, organiser Andrew Williams, president of Informa Exhibitions’ Maritime Group, said: “Since an initial burst of interest in the London Yacht Show, take-up has slowed from some segments of the industry and from luxury brands.
“And so, with just over a month to go until the planned launch, overall commitment to the event is not at the level required to deliver a show with the profile, scale and market breadth the industry asked for and deserves in London.
“Following extensive consultation with key stakeholders, we therefore believe it is in everyone’s interest to postpone the show until next year.”
He added: “We are all now very focused on delivering a great event and experience in 2020, creating a unique experience for visitors and a leading UK showcase for exhibitors within the growing, international yachting, boating and luxury markets.”
The exact date for the 2020 London Yacht Show has yet to be confirmed.