Photography by BIAV
The new dates 60th Melbourne Boat Show will be 16–19 June 2022.
Show organisers, BIAV, stated: “After detailed consideration of all event-related factors, the BIAV Board has decided to postpone the 2021 event and allow the industry full recovery opportunities before delivering another world-class boat show in 2022.”
“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,” commented BIAV President David Meehan.
“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.
“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 is pushing ahead to finalise participating exhibitors for the 2022 show with a view to lock in all exhibitors by the end of March 2021.
While this may seem like an early close date for a 2022 show, it is vital to enable all exhibitors to successfully reserve their place and provide the commitment needed to order stock to arrive in time for this event with confidence, knowing their approximate stand size and draft floorplan layout.
Also on the BIAV event agenda are outdoor, activation events in October and February this coming spring/summer.
Watch this space as these event plans are developed with a real focus on new entrants to the Discover Boating market, on-water demonstrations, displays, entertainment, and fantastic opportunities to exhibit boats, equipment and all things boating.
The BIAV stated: “It’s expected that as these events are outdoor in the sun, it will help with any lingering COVID challenges. These events will lend themselves ideally to new entrants coming into the market, which we’ve seen in recent months as being at unprecedented levels, and something for the industry to really capitalise on.”
More information about these exciting new events and activations will be shared over the coming weeks.