Cannes Yachting Festival 2020 cancelled amid Covid fears

Concerns over Covid end hopes the event could run safely

author icon By Anna Cummins | 21 August 2020

Port at Cannes Boat Show

The Cannes Yachting Festival 2020, due to take place from September 8-13, has been cancelled.

The French government had given the show a special dispensation under the “Safe and Clean” label, which approved health and safety measures put in place to prevent risk to visitors and exhibitors.

However, organisers Reed Expo announced the cancellation of the event last week, amid fresh concerns over new cases of Covid-19 in the Alpes-Maritimes region.

“Despite a very rigorous sanitary plan with a series of additional health and safety measures deemed “satisfactory” by prefectural authorities … the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes 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,” Reed Expo say in a statement made Sunday.

Show director Sylvie Ernoult adds: “This decision is a huge disappointment for the entire nautical industry, with exhibitors in the lead, the City of Cannes and its professionals, the show’s service providers and the Reed team, who have worked together relentlessly for months to prepare the 2020 edition in the best possible conditions taking into account the context. I would also like to thank the City of Cannes, which has been very active alongside us in this final stretch.

“The implementation of the health protocol that we drew up … would have made the 2020 Yachting Festival one of the safest events in terms of health in France,” she continues. “It is with great surprise and incomprehension that we take note of the prefect’s decision.”

The next edition of the festival will now be held in Cannes from September 7-12, 2021.

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