2019 London Yacht Show cancelled

Marine Industry News is sad to report that the first London Yacht Show which was all set to run in St Katherine Docks has had to be postponed. The organisers are attributing this to the slowdown of the UK economy. So, the 2019 London Yacht Show, due to be held from May 8-12 at St Katharine Docks in London, has been postponed until 2020.

According to a statement put out by the organisers, the move will “ensure the delivery of a high-quality on water show, with the scale and breadth to attract full participation of the industries it is aimed at.”

The London Yacht Show replaces the London On Water Boat Show, which was acquired by Informa in late 2018. It is organised by Informa Markets with partners British Marine and St Katharine Docks, and had been rebranded with a focus on the high-end boating and luxury goods market.

“Since an initial burst of interest in the London Yacht Show, take-up has slowed from some segments of the industry and from luxury brands,” Andrew Williams, president of the Maritime Group at Informa Global Exhibitions, explains. “And so, with just over a month to go until the planned launch, overall commitment to the event is not at the level required to deliver a show with the profile, scale and market breadth the industry asked for and deserves in London.

“Following extensive consultation with key stakeholders, we therefore believe it is in everyone’s interest to postpone the show until next year,” Mr Williams adds.

However, although it is disappointing that we will have to wait until 2020 for the London Yacht Show, it is not all doom and gloom in the marine industry! Marine Industry News is pleased to confirm that the South Coast Boat Show is still taking place the following weekend, 17th -19th May at MDL’s Ocean Village Marina, Southampton.

This is a brand-new event featuring the marine industry’s most exciting and innovative global power and sail brands. With over 60 new boats on display to explore this is an ideal opportunity for serious buyers who want to experience a high-quality range of boats in stunning surroundings.

The South Coast Boat Show is a must for anyone wanting to purchase a brand-new vessel now or within the next 6-12 months. To register or for more information please visit www.southcoastboatshow.com

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2 responses to “2019 London Yacht Show cancelled”

  1. Cara Lant says:

    The London show may have been cancelled but here at Premier Marinas Swanwick we a holding the British Motor Yacht Show on 17-19th May. This will be the UK’s largest motor boat focused show outside of the Southampton Boat Show with over 50 boats on sale from 20 brands.

    • Peter Nash says:

      Cara – send me some words (and an image) and I’ll put something in for the British Motor Yacht Show…