Six South East Asian boat shows have been now cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus

Earlier today, the Japan Marine Industry Association announced the cancellation of the Tokyo Boat Show which was due to have taken place from 5-8 March.

This brings the number of shows in SE Asia, which would have taken place in March or April, to have either been cancelled or postponed to six. The shows affected were to have been held in Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Kaohsiung, Shanghai and now Tokyo.

So far only the Korea Boat Show has announced revised dates, June 5-7. Some of the others have indicated that they are trying to arrange new dates for later in the year with most of them considering October. However, the JMIA has stated that as far as the Tokyo show is concerned that the next edition will not be until 4-7 March 2021.

The problem with rescheduling the region’s indoor boat shows is the availability of suitable venues given existing commitments. This has also been exacerbated by shows covering other industries seeking to reschedule their events as well.