Following last week's news of members of SYBAss (Superyacht Builders Association) and LYBRA (Large Yacht Brokers Association) withdrawing from this year's show, organisers of the Monaco Yacht Show have confirmed that the show will go ahead with several amendments in place.Photo: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesThe announcement declared that the 30th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show will be a not-for-profit event to help support the industry as it recovers from the global coronavirus pandemic. With more details of this initiative to be shared in the coming weeks, organisers have assured that the show will be an "invaluable platform for designers, brokers, shipyards and other key players within the yachting industry to connect with their customers and share ideas in a safe environment."Photo: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht Times"As countries and locations around the world gradually relax lockdown restrictions and ease control measures, it is imperative that the superyacht community is supported in every way possible to help the industry return and recover safely and quickly," added the Monaco Yacht Show, who has been working closely with the Principality of Monaco in order to continue with the organisation.
By confirming that the "carefully staged" event will take place at Port Hercule between 23 - 26 September 2020, show organisers explain that the health and safety protocols will be organised in accordance with Informa’s AllSecure health and safety standard, which has provided the highest levels of hygiene and safety.Photo: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesCharlie McCurdy, Chief Executive of Informa Markets commented: “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on all industries, not least the international yachting community. As we move to the other side of the pandemic, all parts of the industry need to work collaboratively to ensure a speedy return and recovery. We are playing our part by hosting a not-for-profit Monaco Yacht Show in 2020, providing an opportunity for the community to come together, share ideas, meet with customers and start to rebuild positive momentum.”Photo: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht Times“In the aftermath of COVID-19, it is the responsibility of the Monaco Government to do everything we can to help businesses and industries recover quickly. In this spirit, we are working with Informa to finalise details of the 2020 Monaco Yacht Show, which will prioritize the health and safety of all participants, whilst providing direct support to the international yachting community, ensuring it can connect with customers and accelerate the recovery of what is an increasingly important industry for the region,” added Jean Castellini, Minister of Finance and Economy for Monaco.