Yachting Festival, Europe’s largest à flots boat show, is hoping to revive the yachting industry and confirms that it will be held in Cannes from 8 to 13 September 2020.
Yachting Festival: thanks to the implementation of new tools deployed at an international level by Reed Exhibitions Group, the organising team has continued to prepare the 43rd edition of the Festival with serenity, involvement and enthusiasm, maintaining regular exchanges with shipyards and equipment manufacturers. Europe’s largest afloat boat show will take place in Cannes two ports: the Vieux Port and Port Canto, raising hopes for a revival of a nautical industry greatly affected by the health crisis of the #Covid-19.
Compliance with the recommended sanitary measures
Even if the current situation represents a real challenge for the setting up of the salon, all the launched projects- both afloat and on land – continue to evolve in close collaboration with the exhibitors, the port authorities and the partners in Cannes. The action of the Yachting Festival organisers is guided by the respect of the sanitary measures recommended to limit the spread of the #coronavirus. Reed Expositions France is also actively engaged in the work carried out by UNIMEV (professional federation of event professionals) to draw up the protective measures on the shows that will be submitted to the French government.
Amongst the novelties of this 2020 edition, the Quai Saint Pierre in the Old Port will bring together fast day-boats. The Quai Max Laubeuf, both afloat and ashore, will host a marina dedicated to motor multihulls. Ashore, the area dedicated to outboard and inboard (hull-less) engines, launched last year, is being refurbished to offer greater visibility and exposure comfort to small and medium-sized unit motorists.
Port Canto, which houses the Sailing Area, the largest fleet of sailing yachts in the world, has been designed with, to date, around 110 registered units, including around sixty exceeding 15m.
Maritime access between the two ports will be reinforced and will be equipped with more efficient signage. A new restoration area is currently being planned.
Luxury and Concours d’Elegance
The Luxury Gallery will host luxury, crafts and lifestyle houses in an all-new setting. The Espace Riviera of the Palais des Festivals brings together the brands of refinement and innovation in the magical universe of the Luxury Gallery where luxury, craft and lifestyle houses, offering the ultimate in quality in the field of luxury yachting, will present their know-how and new products to satisfy all the yachtsmen’s desires for excellence and well-being.
Now anchored in the spirit of the show, the 6th Concours d’Elegance parade, reserved for the show’s exhibitors, owners or collectors of motorboats and day boats under 12 metres, will be held on Saturday 12 September.
Respect for the protection of exhibitors and visitors
The Yachting Festival organisers are currently engaged in a reflection process about a specific organisation of the show’s queues, the installation of markings on the ground, a counting and/or flow regulation system (in the aisles, quays, stands and on board ships), the wearing of masks, the provision of hydroalcoholic gel and reinforced daily disinfection of the places of passage. The objective is to open the doors of the Yachting Festival 2020 in a way that allows the event to take place in the best possible conditions and in a way that respects the protection of exhibitors and visitors.
“This hope is a goal for us!”
Sylvie Ernoult, Director of the Yachting Festival, and her team are looking forward to meeting the exhibitors, partners and service providers and welcoming them in September on the pontoons of Cannes: “Many of the clients I spoke to are hoping that the show can be the end of the tunnel. And even if there are still many steps to go through before the next Yachting Festival opens, this hope is an objective for us.
Adapting the new sanitary standards to the show
The exhibition teams make every effort to accompany customers and provide them with the necessary flexibility while ensuring that work schedules are respected and thus allow everything to be operational in due time. We have set up a team in charge of adapting the new health standards to the show and we will implement the necessary means. We wish courage and energy to all our exhibitors, partners and service providers in these “unusual” times!”
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