Vancouver boat show cancelled

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The 49th annual Vancouver International Boat Show was cancelled because of construction taking place at BC Place, organizers said. The 2010 boat show was scheduled to take place April 8-11.

BC Pavilion Corporation, which owns BC Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre, is undertaking a revitalization of BC Place and, for safety reasons, must close the building during the construction of its new retractable roof.

The cancellation is necessary because of the BC Place closure and a shortage of suitable, alternative exhibition space in Vancouver during spring 2010.

The Vancouver International Boat Show is owned by the British Columbia Marine Trades Association and is produced by NMMA Canada, which is a division of the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

"The timeline for construction of the new state-of-the-art roof at BC Place presented a number of challenges," said Alan Stovell, BCMTA president, in a statement. "In working with BC Place staff, we decided this was the most realistic option."

An alternate venue for the 2011 Vancouver International Boat Show was secured, organizers said. The 2011 show will take place Feb. 9-13 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and will return to BC Place Stadium in February 2012.

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