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International Cruise and Yachting Festival (Hong Kong) 2020

by Verventia Ltd 24 Mar 02:06 PDT 19-22November 2020
Kara Yeung (HKCYIA) and Andy Treadwell (Verventia Ltd), Hong Kong Yacht Show 2020 © Verventia Ltd

Verventia Pte Ltd, organisers of Singapore and Thailand Yacht Shows, have joined forces with the Hong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association to launch the Hong Kong Yacht Show - bringing a new international showcase to Asia’s most mature yachting market.

Verventia Pte Ltd, organiser of Singapore and Thailand Yacht Shows (SYS and TYS) and the Hong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association have today confirmed the launch of a new jointly-organised Hong Kong Yacht Show at the International Cruise and Yachting Festival (Hong Kong) 2020, which will take place at Kwun Tong Typhoon Shelter adjacent to the Kai Tak Runway Park Promenade from November 19-22, and annually thereafter. That’s the plan.

An MOU committing to the partnership was signed at a press conference held during SYS 2019 last April, when Ms Kara Yeung, Chief Executive of HKCYIA, and Andy Treadwell, Verventia CEO, outlined the rationale behind the launch of the show in 2020.

The organisers’ objective is to promote and develop the yachting industry in Hong Kong and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (the Greater Bay Area). By common consent, this will bring prosperity and positive economic impact to local businesses and the supply chain throughout the China market, as well as positive international PR, inward investment, maritime education and protection of the oceans to support the Hong Kong yacht industry, together with the creation of employment.

Ms. Yeung said today: “Hong Kong has by far one of the biggest potential markets in Asia, and we look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration with Verventia which will boost the local and global yachting industries, as well as bringing new business, jobs and prosperity to local service, supply and hospitality industries.”

Treadwell added: “We can bring in international players, and we know how to promote the show to potential buyers, so in that sense it’s a perfect partnership that we hope to develop steadily over the next few years.” The Yacht Show and the Festival will officially be launched at a special event for the Hong Kong Yacht Industry at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, provisionally to be held on 23 April 2020.

[Unless, of course, Hong Kong is still closed for business this time next month. It is very much to be hoped that this attempt at a boat show will be more successful than HKCYIA's last effort which attracted only two (?) exhibitors and was Invitation Only, presumably to spare the blushes. It is also to be hoped that the "irregular management" of the Kwun Typhoon Shelter does not get in the way of an event that has the potential to provide a huge boost to the Hong Kong boating industry. Ed].

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