YACHT AND BOAT KOREA LOOKS TO 2010
The South Korean government??s closure of large
events has led to the cancellation of Yacht and Boat Korea 2009
scheduled for October 29 to November 1.
So far, the Central Government cancelled 291 events in
the buoyant Asian nation with fears of the growth of influenza H1N1, commonly
known as Swine Flu.
Late August the World Health Organisation (WHO) advised
countries in the northern hemisphere to prepare for a second wave of the
pandemic spread. WHO noted that evidence from multiple outbreak sites
demonstrated H1N1 pandemic virus is now the most dominant influenza strain in
International Marketing Consultant Barry Jenkins said
Yacht and Boat Korea had no choice but to cancel the
2009 event given national guidelines.
??It is a real disappointment but exhibitors and
intending visitors realise that the cancellation is out of the organiser??s
control and is in the interests of public health and safety,?? said Mr
Jenkins. The organiser had an emergency
meeting before announcing the closure of the 2009 event.
The Korean Government has raised its pandemic alert level
and carries out emergency procedures 24 hours a day to prevent the virus
spreading. In August Korean health authorities announced a tightening of
quarantine measures with checks for incoming international passengers and
visitors. October and November are leading into cooler winter months in
2009 event – the third annual Show - had already attracted 107 international
China, Japan, Poland, Sweden, Australia, New
Zealand, Finland, France plus local South Korean
companies for the event.
"This is a national government directive and a public
health issue. The organiser, GnA International Co, is disappointed at the need
to cancel the 2009 event however the group looks forward to offering a
professional international boat show in 2010," said Mr Jenkins.
Next years dates are confirmed as October 14 to 17.
The 2010 four-day boat show will be staged at Danghangpo
(DanghangPort) which is close to the city of Goseong, easily accessible by air, road or rail from
Seoul or the city of Busan.
As expected this year, the 2010 event will feature leisure boats and
yachts, engines, marine equipment and cultural displays with pavilion, open-air
and marina displays .
As was planned for 2009, the 2010 show??s location has moved from a
convention centre to the city of Goseong to leverage off plans to develop the
region into a recreational marine hub in 2010. The southern coastal region of
South Korea, known as
Asia??s ??Seatopia?? offers superb waterways,
close strategic access to leading Asian ports and calm weather suitable for
It is located within the province of Gyeongsangnam which occupies 10.6 percent
of the country. The country??s fourth largest province has 1019 shipbuilding
firms employing more than 91,400 workers. Government policies are in place for
the creation of 10 marina projects while 23 newly-designated shipbuilding sites
are within the province.
Yacht and Boat Korea 2010 will be staged October 14 to 17 from 10am to
5pm daily. For details view