Hamburg Boat Show closes—for now

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The Hamburg Boat Show is closing down, at least in its present form. Organizers said the 2018 and 2019 editions were successful, but the 2020 event in June will not be held for “economic reasons.” Organizers are discussing about launching an event in the autumn.

The Hamburg Boat Show replaced Hanseboot 2017 after it ended a 57-year run, with the goal of becoming the largest boat show in Northern Germany. Organizer DBSV said it forged a “north-south” alliance of boat builders and other exhibitors with the Hamburg Messe and Congress convention center to support the boating industry in northern Germany. “But the experiment is now finished for the time being after two years in the planned form,” said a story in

"After two events, which were very positive for the majority of our exhibitors and visitors, we now have to tell them with a heavy heart that for economic reasons there can no longer be a continuation in this form," said Torsten Conradi, president of the German Boat and Shipbuilders Association (DBSV), which organized the event.

Conradi said participants at the assembly discussed a “new format” for a future show, since “almost all exhibitors were very satisfied with last year’s event. Many did good business at the show.” He said a working group has formed to discuss how it can be presented differently in Hamburg.

Show attendees, said Conradi, were “water sports-oriented” and came to the show ready to buy. “Many member companies are willing to invest in order to continue to offer water sports enthusiasts in the north a platform in autumn in Hamburg,” said a statement. A working group was formed at the general assembly to develop a new format.

"We are optimistic that we will be able to offer water-sports enthusiasts and the industry an attractive event in the autumn of 2020 in Hamburg as well," Claus-Ehlert Meyer, managing director of DBSV, told the paper.