Organisers of the 2020 Navalia exhibition, which had already been postponed to a new October slot from its original date in the spring, have announced that this year’s event will not be taking place.
‘Despite every effort and the support shown throughout by the industry and by our exhibitors, we regret that we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel Navalia 2020,’ a spokesman for the Navalia Executive Committee commented.
‘The general uncertainty caused by continuous outbreaks of the virus at a global level and the difficulties related to worldwide travel, with border closures, travel restrictions, localised lockdowns and flight cancellations, means that we have had to take this sad decision. We understand the fair as such could be held, with all the security measures we have adopted, but it would be complicated to guarantee visitors attendance or avoid difficulties due to closures, as these are currently being considered due to Covid-19 outbreaks.’
For the Navalia organisation this is naturally a setback, and the Committee’s spokesman commented that many aspects of the biennial event may have to be rethought with an eye on improving and adapting to new times.
‘The Navalia International Shipbuilding Exhibition has a strong commitment to the industry, and since its first event has not stopped growing.’
One change that has been decided is that in odd years, starting in 2021, the Navalia International Congress with an exhibition area will take place, with the trade fair itself next taking place at the IFEVI facility in May 2022.