The March edition of the Singapore Yacht Show is postponed until October with the exact dates to be confirmed, according to IBI News.
Andy Treadwell, CEO of Singapore-based Verventia Pte Ltd, the owner and organiser of the Singapore Yacht Show, announced the postponement of the event from the original March dates to October.
In a statement issued today, Treadwell said: “In view of the continuing and escalating coronavirus epidemic and the likely effect it would have on attendance and participation in the Singapore Yacht Show next month, we have over the last few days sought the opinion of our major exhibitors and partners as to whether they thought we should postpone the event to later in the year.
“The overwhelming response has been that we should indeed do so, and our own assessment of our responsibility for the health and safety of all of those both working at and attending the show only serves to affirm that decision. The Ministry of Health has this afternoon upgraded its Disease Outbreak Response level to Orange, which means we should do all in our power to limit the further spread of the virus.”
Announcing the postponement, Treadwell said: “So we now need to reluctantly announce that our 10th Anniversary edition will be postponed to October 2020, by which time we can hope the virus will have been contained, travel restrictions eased, and any danger to the public disappeared . The exact dates are yet to be agreed with our host venue partner, ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove.
“This is an extraordinary situation for which nobody is to blame, of course, but we nonetheless sympathise with all our exhibitors, sponsors, partners and visitors for all the inconvenience and worry the situation is inevitably causing your colleagues and company. Our own business is going to be significantly affected too, but we feel we must do our bit to help stop yet more people becoming ill or suffering losses.”
Treadwell paid homage to his Singapore staff: “I am lucky enough to have a team who are totally loyal and supportive, as are our long-term business partners, and all agree wholeheartedly that we will pull together and get through this difficult period to enjoy an even bigger, better and more successful than ever Singapore Yacht Show in October 2020.”
Dates for the already postponed Korea International Boat Show, which was also scheduled for March this year, are also due to be confirmed shortly by the organisers the Korea International National Exhibition Centre.