Singapore Yacht Show 2020 Postponed

Letter from Andy Treadwell to Show Exhibitors.

In view of the continuing coronavirus epidemic and the likely effect it would have on attendance and participation in the Singapore Yacht Show next month, we have over the last few days sought the opinion of most of our major exhibitors and partners as to whether they thought we should postpone the event to later in the year.

The overwhelming response has been that we should indeed do so, preferably to a date in either May or October, and our own assessment of our social responsibility only serves to affirm that decision. The Ministry of Health has this afternoon upgraded its Disease Outbreak Response level to Orange, which means we should do all within our power to limit further spread of the virus.

So, we now need to reluctantly advise you that our 10th Anniversary edition will be postponed.

Since the situation seems to be escalating rather than levelling off, it is unlikely that travel restrictions and public perception of danger will have eased sufficiently by the end of May to enable us to put any more faith in holding the show in that month. We have little choice therefore but to postpone to October. The exact dates are yet to be agreed with our host venue partner, ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove, and we will confirm this as soon as we have agreed with all our partners.

This is an extraordinary situation for which nobody is to blame, of course, but we nonetheless sympathise with you for all the nuisance and worry the situation is causing you, your colleagues and your clients. Our own business is going to be significantly affected, too, but we feel we must do our bit to help stop yet more people becoming ill or suffering loss.

I am lucky enough to have a team who are totally loyal and supportive, as are our long-term business partners, and all agree wholeheartedly that we will pull together and get through this difficult period to enjoy an even bigger, better and more successful than ever Singapore Yacht Show in October 2020. I am sure you, your team and your partners will all feel the same way.

Best wishes

Andy Treadwell Chief Executive

Verventia Pte Ltd

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