Skip to main content

Reed Exhibitions Responds

The organizers of the Cannes Yachting Festival countered actions that forced the dissolution of the event, and the country’s maritime organization says the show must go on.
1_cannes

Two things doomed the Cannes Yachting Festival, Reed Exhibitions said in a statement sent to press and show exhibitors.

First, a spike in Covid-19 cases in the Alpes-Maritimes region of the country prompted the French government to reverse course and cap the limit on events of more than 5,000 people until Oct. 30.

But, “the last-minute about-turn by the prefect, under the pressure of the health situation worsening, was the second blow to the Festival, and fatal,” organizers said.

An additional disagreement has now taken place between Reed and the Fédération des Industries Nautiques — France’s chief nautical organization — which called on Reed to reconsider its decision to cancel the event on Aug. 25.

“The FIN therefore calls today to save the 2020 edition of the Yachting Festival in the interest of the nautical industry and tourism professionals of the City of Cannes,” the organization said in a press release. “The cancellation decision came as the boats were on their way to Cannes. In this context, the FIN urgently asks Reed Expositions to reconsider its decision and to consider maintaining an event meeting new organizational conditions, in conjunction with the City of Cannes and the prefectural authorities.”

Reed calls FIN’s actions “irresponsible and cruel,” and said the organization has miscalculated crowd sizes and the ability to put on a successful show under the now-stricter guidelines.

“[FIN’s call] to hold the Yachting Festival at all costs, is based on completely incorrect evaluations of the figures. These obvious miscalculations are even more incredible as FIN knows the Yachting Festival very well. We are entitled to wonder what objectives FIN is pursuing” said Reed Expositions.

Reed says that the solutions provided to the local government were to essentially absorb the crowds into three zones — two at Vieux Port and one at Port Canto — and stay under the 5,000-person size limit. They had also scheduled vigorous cleaning of site spaces, taking the temperature of all visitors and exhibitors, hand sanitizer positioned at myriad points, and other safety measures. But it wasn’t enough for the prefecture to approve.

“In the context of 2020, we did not expect any profit this year,” Reed said. “Our sole aim was to serve the French and European nautical industry, to provide some breathing space to the economy of Cannes and the region, and, lastly, to show that major trade fairs and events can once again be held in France in complete safety.” 

Related

1_WHALESACTION

NMMA: Proposed Speed Rule an ‘Existential Threat’ to Industry

The association is calling on every marine brand, employee and boat owner to file public comment by Oct. 31 over a sweeping regulation to protect North Atlantic right whales.

1_AXOPAR

Axopar and Nimbus Renew Agreement

The boatbuilders have entered an agreement whereby Nimbus Group will retain exclusive rights to sell Axopar boats on the Swedish market.

1_IAN

Hurricane Ian Leaves Devastation in Florida

The storm left a wide swath of destruction, heavily impacting marine interests from Tampa Bay to Marco Island.

Norm

Email Is Your Ticket to Holiday Sales

Developing an effective email campaign can bolster sales and help fill winter coffers at your dealership.

1_NMRA

NMRA Presents Annual Awards

Edson CEO Will Keene and ComMar Sales president Tim Conroy were recognized for their contributions to the marine industry.

1_ PULSE.PING.2

DEALERS: Are Interest Rates Impacting Demand?

This month’s Pulse Report survey asks dealers whether interest rate increases are causing a downturn in boat sales. Take the survey here.

1_EPROPULSION

EPropulsion, Mack Boring Partner with Crest

Pontoon builder Crest will use an ePropulsion Navy 3.0 Evo electric outboard motor and an E175 battery for its 2023 Current model.

1_BENETEAU

Beneteau Reports Significant H122 Growth

The company reported that its revenue grew 8.6 percent and income increased by 30 percent during the first half of 2022.