DÜSSELDORF – Boot Düsseldorf and the European Boating Industry will jointly stage an online International Breakfast Meeting on April 20 to assess the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the recreational boating industry worldwide.

The 2021 boot show, the world’s largest and a key showcase for Dutch builders, has been canceled because of COVID-19. This has forced organizers to stage the breakfast, usually held in the margin of Boot Düsseldorf, into a digital format.

“High-level panelists from business and politics will discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on recreational boating,” ways for the industry to recover and explore new trends and opportunities, Boot Düsseldorf and the Brussels-based EBI said in a joint statement.

The breakfast theme is “A Corona reboot of tourism and recreation – What future for boating?” It will take place April 20, from 10:00–12:00 (Central European Time).

Always a packed event in pre-COVID days

EBI will present a study on the impact of COVID-19 on the industry and the outlook for the sector. There will also be presentations on new trends in travel and tourism and a  discussion of the future EU tourism strategy.

The confirmed speakers are: Petros Michelidakis (Project Director Boot Düsseldorf), Amelie Cesar and Natascha Zwenke (Study leaders, Jade University Wilhelmshaven), Lyublena Dimova (Research Manager, European Travel Commission), Ismail Ertug (Member of the European Parliament) and Gianguido Girotti (Deputy CEO Brand & Product Strategy, Groupe Beneteau).

“The International Breakfast Meeting is the leading forum to discuss the industry’s most pressing issues.” Said Michelidakis.

EBI Secretary General Philip Easthill added, “We are witnessing the rapid development of new consumer trends. The International Breakfast Meeting will be an anchor point to look at these trends and opportunities that will define 2021 and beyond, as well as the EU’s future approach to tourism and the blue economy.”