METSTRADE Cancelled for First Time in 32 Years
An announcement was issued this morning by RAI Amsterdam that the Marine Equipment Trade Show, or METSTRADE, has been cancelled for the first time in 32 years. Due to the ongoing global uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the world’s largest marine trade exhibition, which sees shipbuilders, marinas and suppliers gather in the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, will not be going ahead as planned on 17-19 November.
In a statement issued this morning, RAI Amsterdam announced, “For more than 32 years, METSTRADE has been providing the most complete meeting place for the global marine industry.
Due to the consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak, our mission cannot be accomplished successfully, therefore we believe it is the right decision to cancel this year’s show. METSTRADE 2021 will take place on 16-18 November 2021 in RAI Amsterdam.”
The exhibition had been working tirelessly over recent months to ensure the highest levels of health and safety measures were put in place for the show to go safely ahead. However, given the persisting uncertainty surrounding the situation, it was ultimately decided that the valuable personal interaction and networking provided by the show would not be able to be achieved if it were to go ahead this year.
The news comes following a surge of coronavirus cases in France as well as the cancellation of the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival. See our recently published article for insight into the knock-on effects for events scheduled later in the year, including the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
"Due to the consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak, our mission cannot be accomplished successfully, therefore we believe it is the right decision to cancel this year’s show."