The first edition of the newly relaunched event will now take place in 2020

The organisers of the 2019 London Yacht Show, due to be held from May 8-12 at St Katharine Docks in the heart of London, have postponed this year’s event until 2020. According to a statement, the move will “ensure the delivery of a high-quality onwater 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,” he adds.