The eagerly anticipated Yachting in Venice event has been cancelled after the I Saloni Nautici events branch of Italian nautical association UCINA Confindustria Nautica made the decision based on economic uncertainty surrounding event organisr and partner, Expo Venice.

The event, due to take place from 21-25 April, is still being touted to materialize in 2017, but UCINA president, Carla Demaria said the risk was too great.

“The critical situation of the company Expo Venice has made the management of the timing and standards that this event must guarantee complex; and even more so due to the past, recent organisation of Venice's Boat Shows, which left a poor impression on those who work in this industry.”

Demaria acknowledged the high profile the event’s staging had prompted, but with its “duty to protect its partners”, UCINA took this most serious of measures.

“I wish to once more thank the City of Venice and its Mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, for their broad availability and ability to put local resources at the disposal of the Association and its members”, Demaria added. And commenting on the likelihood of the event being reschedule for next year, she said, “I would like to furthermore confirm our willingness to put our expertise and know-how into organising a future high-end event, such as the one planned, on the condition that the critical situation of Expo Venice be resolved in the near future.”

Brugnaro acknowledged the concerns of UCINA’s executive but said the city would endeavour to work together in the hope of establishing a similar event next year, or in the near future.

All images courtesy of Dominique Afacan.

The original interest surrounding the event and, “The strong support received from the City has encouraged us to work on organizing a meeting of the Association's members in Venice in the next few months”, Demaria added.


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