LELYSTAD – The corona virus has claimed another boat show: the 2020 HISWA-in-Water event in the Netherlands, that was scheduled for Sept. 2-6. Show organizer HMM Exhibitions said the event at Lelystad’s Batavia Haven “will definitely not take place.”
In the Netherlands, events with a nation-wide impact can only take place if there is a vaccine against the corona virus.
“No one knows how long that will take,” HMM Exhibitions said in a statement. “We hope soon. But a year or more is very realistic.”
The cancellation is a big blow for the 36-year-old event. A year ago, the outlook of 2.5% growth in 2019 for the Dutch boating sector left smiles on many faces.
Another COVID-19 victim – and for exactly the same reason – is the 2020 edition of Sail Amsterdam, a tail ship extravaganza that was to be held Aug. 12-16. The next edition is scheduled for 2025.
“We have been forced to take this decision with a heavy heart,” says Arie Jan de Waard, chairman of the SAIL Amsterdam Foundation. He said staging a 2021 edition was undoable. It’s unclear this can be done safely, he said, adding international Tall Ships are locked into other commitments in 2021.
For the 2020 Hiswa-in-Water show, HMM had drafted detailed health safety rules, but the group said “uncertainty about the further development of the corona virus” compelled it to cancel the 2020 HISWA-in-Water.
Exhibition Manager Arjen Rahusen was pleased a decision had been taken for it broke the suspense. “To be clear to our exhibitors, suppliers and visitors, the decision has been made,” he said.
In mid-March, the 2020 HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show, an indoor event, was canceled after one day. The 2021 HISWA-in-Water will be held Sept. 1-5 in Lelystad.