The Principality of Monaco and Informa have confirmed they are working together to deliver an intimate, not-for-profit Monaco Yacht Show in Port Hercules in September 2020.
Organisers say the proposed event will employ the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness, and will be “dedicated to supporting the speedy recovery of the industry post-COVID-19.”
The event is aimed at providing a platform for designers, brokers, shipyards and other key players within the yachting industry to connect with their customers and share ideas in a safe environment.
Like most industries, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a marked impact on the international yachting community, with many businesses temporarily closed, staff furloughed, and the usual annual cycle of industry activity severely disrupted.
Now, as countries and locations around the world gradually relax lockdown restrictions and ease control measures, Informa will go ahead with this year’s Monaco Yacht Show from 23–26 September.
With control measures steadily being relaxed in Monaco, around Europe and internationally, on current course and speed, organisers say they are confident that a carefully staged event will still take place this year.
“It is our intention to retain these dates for the 2020 Monaco Yacht Show and work with suppliers and local authorities over the coming weeks to confirm full details of the event,” the organisers said in a statement.
“In the spirit of the history and position of the event within the superyacht industry, the 30th Monaco Yacht Show will be run on a not-for-profit basis, recognising the challenges facing everyone post the COVID-19 pandemic and, therefore, providing direct support to all attendees and exhibitors from across the market.”
The proposed 2020 Monaco Yacht Show will be organised in accordance with Informa’s AllSecure health and safety standards. Informa has developed a detailed set of enhanced measures to provide the highest levels of hygiene and safety at its events, providing everyone with reassurance and confidence that they are participating in a safe and controlled environment.
While the intimate nature of the 2020 event will prioritise the safety of participants, both Informa and the Monaco Principality are committed to the quality of the event, as well as ensuring the show experience is maintained for everyone.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on all industries, not least the international yachting community,” said Charlie McCurdy, Chief Executive, Informa Markets (organiser of the Monaco Yacht Show).
As we move to the other side of the pandemic, all parts of the industry need to work collaboratively to ensure a speedy return and recovery.
“We are playing our part by hosting a not-for-profit Monaco Yacht Show in 2020, providing an opportunity for the community to come together, share ideas, meet with customers and start to rebuild positive momentum.”
Jean Castellini, Minister of Finance and Economy for Monaco said, “In the aftermath of COVID-19, it is the responsibility of the Monaco government to do everything we can to help businesses and industries recover quickly.
“In this spirit, we are working with Informa to finalise details of the 2020 Monaco Yacht Show that will prioritise the health and safety of all participants while providing direct support to the international yachting community, ensuring it can connect with customers and accelerate the recovery of what is an increasingly important industry for the region.”