With just over four months to go until the opening of the Singapore Yacht Show’s (SYS) 10th Anniversary, the Singapore government’s current advice is positive that large scale events will be able to resume a “nearly normal” service from the end of September.
Organisers of the SYS are finalising with the Singapore Tourism Board and the Ministry of Health just what protective procedures will need to be implemented at this year’s show. Like every other event, the show must be able to fully protect exhibitors, partners, sponsors, contractors and visitors involved in the show in any way.
SYS 2020 will bring together leading yacht brands from all over the world, alongside service and accessory providers as well as luxury lifestyle offerings, all displaying their latest models, innovations, design concepts and new product launches.
For the very first time, the four-day event, running from 15–18 October, will be moved almost entirely to the water in the completely redesigned and rejuvenated ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove.
Thanks to the new pontoon configuration, SYS will feature air-conditioned exhibition booths and showrooms all around the perimeter of the marina so that visitors can go straight to the heart of the action for an immersive, 360-degree experience.
SYS 2020 was one of the first boat shows in the world to be postponed. The show is planning all the health screenings, heightened security and social-distancing procedures that the government is advising, and has received increasing indications of support and attendance from potential buyers and local dealerships.
Alister Brunskill from Princess Yachts SEA in Singapore says, “Perhaps surprisingly, the level of enquiries we have received during this pandemic period has been well up – both for buying and for charter.”
At this stage, the rescheduled SYS will be closely followed by the inaugural Hong Kong Yacht Show (HKYS) from 19–22 November, which is aimed at kickstarting the industry in South-East Asia.