Three yachting events planned for the next six months have key issues to resolve before they can go ahead. The events are the Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS), scheduled for March 2018, the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference due to be held in Auckland in March, and the third edition of the Thailand Yacht Show (TYS), which was initially set to be held in mid-December 2017.
As regards the Dubai show, which is the leading event in the Middle East, the issue is about finding a location for it to be held. Its traditional site at Dubai Marina over recent years is now part of the major Dubai Harbour development, which will include a marina of 1,400 berths for superyachts up to 85m (279ft). The DIBS organisers are now looking for a new site, with ones along the Creek or the new Dubai Canal as possibilities.
The Dubai World Trade Center, organiser of DIBS told IBI: "Exhibitors need have no fears regarding the event. It will be held and news of the new location will be forth coming."
Auckland, it appears, is too far for enough people to attend the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference. A source close to the organisation of the event suggested that the take up was insufficient. ICOMIA secretary general Udo Kleinitz told IBI at the Monaco Yacht Show that a meeting will be held early in October to discuss a new venue.
The Thailand Yacht Show was due to be held in at the Ao Po Grande marina in mid-December this year, but owing to organisational issues it is now being rescheduled for some time in February.