Due to the coronavirus situation worldwide, Seatrade Cruise Global 2020 has now been cancelled.
Originally scheduled to take place next month in Miami Beach, the organisers have decided that a new date in August was impracticable, due to several reasons.
Seatrade explained; “Over the last week, we have had hundreds of conversations with our customers, with members of different cruise lines, and with our partners and associations to get an understanding of what your needs are, and how this virus is currently impacting your business.
“After these conversations, we have come to understand that an event in August, the only time we had managed to reserve a suitable amount of space to hold our event, would not be the industry event that you need us to deliver – for some, the timing was wrong, for others, the variables related to COVID-19 led to more unknowns.
“As the global cruising industry’s platform to network, learn, and do business, we want you to know that your needs are what guides us most and, therefore, we are continuing to develop alternative solutions that deliver networking, sourcing and educational opportunities,” the statement said.
However, Seatrade confirmed that it is continuing to organise the September Cruise Med event to be held on 17th and 18th September at Malaga, Spain.
This event will now take the form of an expanded tradeshow floor and conference programme to accommodate cruise line professionals across the entire cruise industry, including a new, dedicated area for the expedition market, the organisers said.
Any registration fees from April, 2020 can be rolled over to Seatrade Cruise Global in 2021, Seatrade confirmed.
The organisers said that they will be sending out a further updatesas soon as possible, as additional options are identified.