No boat show in Barcelona in 2020

Boats exhibited in Port Vell for the Salon Nautico de Barcelona

The organisers of the Salon Nautico de Barcelona have announced the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the Spanish Boat Show. A decision, not only guided by health arguments, in addition to the cancellations of other international boat shows, in Europe and the rest of the world.

Barcelona Boat Show "postponed" to 2021

Fira de Barcelona, organiser of the Salon Nautico de Barcelona, in collaboration with ANEN, the Spanish Nautical Professionals Association, has announced the cancellation of the event originally scheduled for 16 to 20 October 2020. The boat show is officially "postponed" to October 2021.

The largest boat show in Spain, the Nautico Boat Show in 2019 brought together more than 55,000 visitors in the marina of Port Vell, in the Catalan capital. More than 290 exhibitors presented 700 boats, 180 of which could be visited afloat in the Mediterranean port. Placed shortly after the Cannes Yachting Festival and the Salone Nautico in Genoa, the event gained importance in the calendar of the new nautical season in the Mediterranean.

Concerns about the strength of the recreational boating market

While trade show cancellations have until now often been justified by the difficulty of making a friendly trade show visit go hand in hand with compliance with health standards, hygiene protocols are no longer the only ones put forward. Economic uncertainty about the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is particularly high in Spain, is high. It is moreover the nautical professionals who have asked for the show to be postponed. "Fira de Barcelona has studied and accepted the request of the sector (Editor's note: the ANEN) which, in view of the current complex and uncertain situation and its potential evolution in the coming months and the restrictions on international mobility, has submitted a proposal to move this year's event to 2021 and expressed its willingness to work together to organise a major event next year to make a concrete contribution to the reactivation of the country's nautical industry", the press release states.