For more than 32 years, METSTRADE has been providing a meeting place for the global marine industry. Unfortunately, due to the ramifications of COVID-19, METSTRADE and RAI Amsterdam have cancelled this year’s show. METSTRADE 2021 will now take place from 16–18 November 2021 in RAI Amsterdam.
Show organisers RAI Amsterdam reported in a statement that they had worked tirelessly to adapt all its facilities and protocols to enable events to be held in a safe, responsible and hospitable manner.
However, given the uncertain worldwide situation, they could not guarantee a high-quality show in 2020 with valuable face-to-face contacts with visitors, which is expected from METSTRADE.
Niels Klarenbeek, Director Maritime METSTRADE, is naturally disappointed, but also optimistic: “We have worked toward a safe and successful METSTRADE with great dedication. The cancellation has been a tough blow for my team and me, but listening to the multiple voices in the industry, including the Exhibition Committee, ICOMIA, partners and the stakeholders, this is the only right decision we could make.”
“Our team is working together with our partners on different virtual ways to connect the leisure marine industry in these tough times.”
ICOMIA members support the decision to cancel this year’s show and understand the current challenges.
Sara Anghel, ICOMIA’s president said, “It has been an extremely tough decision. The pandemic has had a big impact on the industry.”
Anghel continued, “ICOMIA endorses the decision of RAI Amsterdam and will cooperate with the METSTRADE team to be the homeport of the industry as soon as possible.”
Bas Dalm, Executive Vice President Exhibition and Sales RAI Amsterdam is saddened by the decision to cancel the METSTRADE show. He said, “RAI Amsterdam has been hit hard by the current global crisis.
“We have remained hopeful about the continuation of METSTRADE until the very end, but the global situation has not improved significantly. Although this decision hurts the entire leisure marine industry, it is the only right decision at this given moment.”
RAI Amsterdam expects they will be ready to accommodate METSTRADE next year in a COVID-secure way, fully in line with all health and safety guidelines.