CCI Riviera & Monaco News can advise that via Official Organisers Communique:
THE 2020 YACHTING FESTIVAL CANCELLED
DUE TO A PREFECTURAL DISPENSATION NOT GRANTED
Despite a very rigorous sanitary plan with a series of additional health and safety measures, presented by the Yachting Festival and deemed “satisfactory”during a meeting held on 17 August at the sub-prefecture of Grasse in the presenceof the prefectural authorities, the city of Cannes and the Regional Health Authority (ARS), the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes, the only official empowered to rule ultimately, decided not to grant the dispensation that would have allowed the Yachting Festival to go ahead.
It is with our greatest regret and with some misunderstanding that we are therefore forced to announce the cancellation of the Yachting Festival 2020.
As a recap of the facts, three weeks ago, following the speech by Franck Riester, the French Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, the decree published on 27 July 2020 confirmed, as we had anticipated, that trade shows could be held from 1 September, without a restriction on the number of visitors.This reaffirmed our decision communicated on 2 July to open the Yachting Festival on 8 September 2020, to allow the European nautical industry to present around 400 boats at the Vieux Port and Port Canto. Faced with the crisis which has deeply affected the French and international nautical industry, we were committed to providing our exhibitors with a platform to engage with their customers face to face and display their expertise.
For many months, with the unwavering ambition to continueto serve the European nautical industry despite the difficulties this entails and the persisting major uncertainties, the Yachting Festival team had worked to create the conditions required to be able to open. Among other measures,a rigorous health protocol had been drawn up, aiming all participants with peace of mind all while enabling them to enjoy a quality customer experience.
In addition to adopting the health measures of the trade association of the exhibition industry we belong to, UNIMEV, approved by theFrench Health Ministry, and that Reed Exhibitions has put inplace worldwide, the Yachting Festival’s health protocol stood out as being the first in France to receive APAVE “Safe & Clean” certification.
However, on 11 August 2020, less than two weeks after the announcement of Minister Riester, the government through the Prime Minister reversed this announcement suddenly and unexpectedly, and decided to ban, because of worsening of the health situation, the holding of events of more than 5,000 people in France until October 30, 2020, a decision which resulted in the decree published on August 13.
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