Spring forward

The 2021 edition of boot Düsseldorf has been postponed, with new dates announced for April. 

07 December 2020

Next year’s boot Düsseldorf 2021 will be held from 17–25 April. The original dates from 23–31 January could not be used due to the ongoing high infection numbers across Europe.

Messe Düsseldorf has postponed boot after close consultation with its partners and exhibitors who endorse this decision and have opted in favour of the new dates. Announcing the new dates early on Messe Düsseldorf also gives exhibitors planning security for preparing their trade fair participation and transporting their boats and yachts.

Messe Düsseldorf’s CEO Wolfram Diener is convinced that the new dates for boot Düsseldorf send a positive signal to the water sports industry.

“At the present moment in time, we cannot reliably gauge whether a trade fair can be implemented in January 2021,” explained Diener.

“This is due to current infection rates, ongoing travel restrictions and existing legal provisions that do not currently permit trade fairs to be held. In consultation with our boot advisory board and the associations, we have selected the new dates in April with caution.


“Statements from numerous experts have led us to believe that it is highly probable the situation will calm down in almost all European countries by spring 2021 on account of the measures currently in place.”

Furthermore, explaining the decision, Wolfram Diener says: “The exhibitors can focus on the new dates now and continue their preparations.

Diener continues: “We will concentrate from now on to prepare the best possible and successful platform for the boating and water sports business.”

Petros Michelidakis, boot Project Director, adds: “After many talks with exhibitors, associations and partners, we have chosen the new dates very carefully, although we know that it is difficult to fulfil everybody’s wish.

“Moving boot to April will also accommodate the purchasing and booking behaviour of many water sports enthusiasts. The long-term organisation of holidays and leisure activities will not be possible in the coming months and we believe that boot Düsseldorf, held in April, will be welcomed for the planning of the boating and water sports activities for the rest of the year.”

Representing the exhibiting industry, boot President Robert Marx praised Messe Düsseldorf’s decision: “We as the industry very much support postponing boot to April. After the extension to lockdown provisions, this is an important measure to ensure we can hold boot Düsseldorf as a commercial success.

“As President of this trade fair and representative of the German water sports industry, I welcome the move, which allows us to now plan for these dates. With boot 2021, we will be holding the first boot show in Europe for more than half a year.”



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