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A message from Niels Klarenbeek, the new METSTRADE Show director

by METSTRADE 1 Jul 00:32 PDT 17-19 November 2020
Niels Klarenbeek, the new METSTRADE Show director © METSTRADE

Niels Klarenbeek, the new show director of the Marine Equipment Trade Show, METSTRADE, has been a part of the METSTRADE team since early April. Klarenbeek joined the team in a difficult time. The threat of the COVID-19 virus remains in place even today, and the team is still working from home.

The challenge of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a challenge for METSTRADE, but also a challenge for the entire leisure marine industry. For Klarenbeek this challenge is also a personal one: "I have a profound love for boating. The industry is very dear to me and I wish to support the industry in these difficult times."


Currently, the team is working on a framework of measures, which may impact important elements such as the floor plan, opening hours, social events and we will ensure that 1,5 metre physical distance is kept at all times, in compliance with official protocols. A network of safety corridors will ensure a controlled crowd flow among the exhibit halls. Klarenbeek: "To date, over 1.250 exhibitors have confirmed their participation and we feel encouraged by those commitments. We have observed a strong appetite for a successful B2B event this November within the leisure marine industry, our clients, partners and visitors."

Safety and success

The team is working hard to organise a fantastic show this year. Many events have been cancelled this year, but at METSTRADE we are determined and hopeful that METSTRADE 2020 can still be held according to plan. RAI Amsterdam will not compromise on its obligation to deliver a safe and successful METSTRADE 2020 for the industry. The METSTRADE team closely follows the development of the situation and regulations given by the Dutch government. We are hoping for the best and we look forward to opening our door and welcome you again this November.

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