Entertainment Paris Boat Show canceled, the industry is preparing its rebound

21:25  24 september  2020
21:25  24 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The latest announcements from the Ministry of Health, Wednesday September 23, took the skin of the Paris boat show. Scheduled from December 5 to 13, it is canceled. The Federation of Nautical Industries is looking for solutions to support the activity of its members.

It's official: the Paris boat show, the Nautic 2020 , will not take place. The latest announcements from the Ministry of Health sealed the fate of this event, which normally attracts more than 200,000 visitors to the Porte de Versailles exhibition center. Fabien Métayer is the general delegate of the Federation of nautical industries (FIN) which organizes the show. Interview.

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Despite your efforts, therefore, the Nautic could not be maintained?

It’s a big disappointment for the industry. We proposed to divide the show into three sectors in independent halls each with a capacity of 5,000 people. This would have made it possible to limit the health risks. But now, with the maximum tonnage reduced to 1,000 people, that is no longer possible: we could only accommodate 25,000 to 30,000 visitors during the week, instead of 200,000 in normal times.

Following the latest announcements from the Minister of Health @olivierveran , the FIN is unfortunately forced to cancel the 2020 edition of @NauticParis .

More info https://t.co/xqCT04f58B

- FIN (@fr_fin) September 24, 2020

What are the consequences for the industry?

They are difficult to assess a priori. What is certain is that the Nautic and the other fall and winter shows serve two fundamental functions. They allow professionals and manufacturers to feel their market and therefore to prepare as well as possible for the coming summer season. And these are real market places where nearly 70% of annual orders for France are processed.

How do you think you are helping companies bounce back?

First of all, we are working on a new, virtual event, the concept of which must be refined in the coming days. The idea is to promote, not the boats, but the destinations, tourism, nautical offers from all regions, coastal or not. This project is also a means of accelerating the digitization of the sector. In addition, we must seize certain tools of the recovery plan to support our businesses. And finally, we are preparing a completely redesigned Nautic 2021, in new spaces but still at Porte de Versailles.

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