Euronaval 2020, which was scheduled to take place from Oct. 20-23 at Paris-Le Bourget, will now take place in a fully digital format from Oct. 19-25.
Euronaval-online, which had previously been reserved for official delegations and exhibitors unable to physically attend the event, will now be open to all visitors and exhibitors from Oct, 19-25.
The decision by GICAN’s Board of Directors came in the wake of a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country and the French government’s decision on Sept. 23 to reduce the maximum authorized capacity for major events from 5,000 to 1,000 people. The organizers decided that in view of the restrictions in place, it was no longer possible to guarantee a satisfactory “face-to-face” exhibition for the 300 exhibitors and the 70 official foreign delegations that had expressed the wish to attend the event.
Delegations and visitors from all over the world will be able to meet the exhibitors at the digital exhibition. They will also be able to organize BtoB meetings by video conference on the Euronaval website and follow the themed workshops. The cycle of online web-conferences, piloted by the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS), is also being maintained.
“In our sector of activity, nothing beats a physical event and meetings,” said Hervé Guillou, GICAN President. “The Euronaval 2020 exhibition was eagerly awaited by exhibitors and our international visitors after several months of interruption of trade fairs around the world. The resumption of business contacts is more important than ever. The GICAN and SOGENA are taking a responsible attitude in light of the resurgence of the epidemic, but are determined to support the activity of manufacturers in France, Europe and around the world, and are offering an innovative solution to all the actors in the sector, to accompany the revival of the naval market.”
Hugues d’Argentre, Managing Director of SOGENA, thanked exhibitors, agents, partners and service providers, as well as members of the 70 foreign delegations from 46 different countries who had agreed to take part in Euronaval. “I share their disappointment at not being able to be present at Paris-Le Bourget,” he said. I am delighted to be able to offer the Euronaval-Online digital exhibition that will accompany the revival of the naval industry in France and around the world.”
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