Last year, Melbourne saw one of the longest and strictest lockdowns Australians have had to face since being hit with the Covid 19 pandemic. With the lockdown, many of our most look forward to events were cancelled amid strong fears of community transmission of the virus.
The 2020 Melbourne Boat show (which was supposed to be the 60th Anniversary) was cancelled along with many events just like it and postponed until this year. However, organisers have just announced another postponement!
Funnily enough this time it isn’t Covid 19 related in the sense of public safety BUT another problem entirely! With overseas travel being off the cards for Australians, many are spending their hard-earned dollars right here at home and boating and lifestyle products are struggling to keep up!
BIAV president David Meehan said, “The board weighed up the current stock, supply and timeline challenges that exhibitors were facing, and the fact that some won’t have stock to show.”
“In a way, these are good problems to have, and it’s great to see such energy and demand across all facets of the industry. However, the downside is our inability to deliver a show that will meet both visitor and industry expectations. ”
He went on to promise that “We will be back in 2022 with a refreshed and exciting new show program for our 60th show; the planning of which is already underway”.
The BIAV said the 60th Melbourne International Boat Show would run from June 16-19, 2022 however, for interested dealers; they only have until April 2021 to decide if they will be attending. This lead time will allow dealers enough time to commit to stock orders in time for the show.
The BIAV still plans to hold the smaller scheduled events throughout the year (we have a full list in our 2021 Boat Show Blog), allowing visitors great insights into new technology and on-water demonstrations with local business exhibitors. The BIAV said, “It is expected also, that these events being outdoor in the sun, will help with any lingering Covid challenges”.
These smaller events will ideally lend themselves to new businesses and products just launching which the marine market is seeing at unprecedented levels right now.
Despite having to wait out another year to celebrate the 60th Melbourne Boat Show, we are still excited to see all the events that are still planned for 2021. In the meantime, we are wondering if there will be any more Virtual Boat Shows scheduled?
Make sure you watch the BIAV website for all the new events and activities announced in the coming weeks, so you don’t miss out!