For Immediate Release, Oct. 8, 2020
Press Contact: Lauren St. Clair
INTERNATIONAL WORKBOAT SHOW ANNOUNCES CANCELLATION OF 2020 EVENT AND LAUNCH OF NEW DIGITAL CONTENT SERIES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WORKBOAT MAGAZINE
The WorkBoat Think Tank Series will launch this December
NEW ORLEANS, LA — October 8, 2020 — Diversified Communications, organizer of The International WorkBoat Show, announced today that due to ongoing health and safety issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become necessary to cancel the 2020 edition of the show that was planned for December.
“It is with heavy hearts that we make the announcement that we will not be holding the 2020 edition of the International WorkBoat Show,” said Group Vice President and Show Director Bob Callahan. “After extensive consultation with the WorkBoat community, it is clear there are too many uncertainties about the impact COVID-19 will have on travel and mass gatherings this December. Accordingly, it is impossible to hold a live event that would provide an experience that our community would find valuable.”
With the cancellation of the show the education and conference portion will now move online and be presented as the WorkBoat Think Tank – a 12-part webinar series, moderated by the editors of WorkBoat magazine and WorkBoat.com. The Think Tank is free and will present breaking news, hot topics and thought-provoking conversation while giving attendees a virtual place to interact with industry leaders, ask tough questions, and gain insight.
“WorkBoat and the International WorkBoat Show are passionate about bringing fresh, important content to our customers,” said Callahan. “And while we won’t be able to deliver it in person this year, the Think Tank will keep you informed about the opportunities and challenges facing our industry today and in the future.”
The International WorkBoat Show team will continue to reach out to customers regarding opportunities to build business and reconnect with the community for the 2021 edition as well as sponsorship opportunities surrounding the WorkBoat Think Tank.
A fully updated list of 2020 exhibitors and products will be available at workboatshow.com and workboat.com as well as a full schedule of the WorkBoat Think Tank sessions. The Think Tank will kick off on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. ET with a panel of the shipyards, marine architects and engineers, and vessel owners responsible for some of 2020’s 10 Significant Boats. It will be moderated by WorkBoat Senior Editor Ken Hocke. To register please visit workboat.com.
About the International WorkBoat Show
The International WorkBoat Show is part of the Diversified Communications portfolio of commercial marine events, publications, and e-media products. The WorkBoat brand has been connecting qualified buyers with leading suppliers for more than 75 years. In print through WorkBoat magazine, online at WorkBoat.com, face-to-face at the International WorkBoat Show, WorkBoat delivers high-quality information to all segments of the marine industry in North America. For more information, visit www.workboatshow.com.
About Diversified Communications
Diversified Communications is a leading international media company with a portfolio of face-to-face exhibitions and conferences, online communities, and digital and print publications. As producers of these market-leading products Diversified Communications connects, educates, and strengthens business communities in over 14 industries including: food and beverage, healthcare, natural and organic, business management and technology. Established in 1949 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA with divisions and offices around the world, Diversified Communications remains a privately held, third generation, family-owned business. For more information, visit www.divcom.com.
A Note from the Event Director:
Thank you for your support and loyalty to The International WorkBoat Show. We have had many questions and requests regarding the event scheduled for December 15-17, 2020. You may have noticed that we recently surveyed customers about their interest in a live event and if you participated – thank you!
The feedback was overwhelmingly positive for interest in holding an in-person event if possible. We are diligently researching the many details that would allow us to make this possible for our customers.
At this time, we are not ready to announce how we will or will not proceed with the December show, but we are working hard to try meet the needs of our many customers in a safe and effective manner. We thank you for your patience during this time.
A Note from the Event Director:
As the year progresses we are seeing an increase of questions regarding our commitment to holding the event as well as what precautions will being taken.
At this time we are committed to holding an in-person event on the published dates of December 15-17, 2020. However, we are watching and monitoring data and feedback closely and are continually re-evaluating the situation. We expect no major changes or decisions about the show to occur during the summer, we are in what we consider a “watch and wait” period. I have outlined our current status on varying topics below.
- Reopening of Louisiana & New Orleans (Orleans Parish) – We are watching the reopening of LA and Orleans Parish very closely and the show will follow all state and city mandated guidelines for the event. With the rapid pace at which things are changing right now it is impossible to know exactly what will be in place in December.
- Tradeshow layout and format – As a company we are currently working on show layouts that enable social distancing. However, since no U.S. tradeshows have run yet in this unprecedented environment we have yet to settle on an exact solution for the WorkBoat Show. We are working with other show organizers, vendors and event associations to understand what the best practices will be. In our favor, there are other U.S. B2B trade events scheduled to run prior to our show, we will learn and adjust our plans based on the outcomes and feedback from these other events.
- Safety precautions – Again, it is slightly too early to tell exactly what will be in place by December. But we are committed to adhering to State, city and venue guidelines first and then will consider any additional precautions that need to be added. The safety and security of our customers is our number one priority.
- Attendance – We are working with customers to understand their needs and intentions for attending in 2020. So far the feedback has been positive with many customers wanting to see the show happen for this year. We are working closely with WorkBoat magazine to reach customers and understand what their business and personal needs are between now and then. With many new demands on the safety of their staff/crew and the impact on their businesses we have heard that the WorkBoat Show will be more important than ever to get together to exchange information. Although we are unable to commit to an exact attendance number we do promise to keep you informed as the promotional season is underway.
- Travel from out of the country – We understand the current difficulty traveling into the U.S. from varying countries as well as the restrictions for returning from the U.S. and are monitoring the situation closely. Please be aware this may effect international exhibits and attendance.
A Note from the Event Director:
With many things changing in the world right now we wanted to reach out and let you know that the International WorkBoat Show will be held as scheduled, December 15-17th 2020.
It’s a tough time out there right now. We hear it every day from our customers. We also hear they’re looking forward to when we can get beyond this crisis and bring everyone back together at the show in December and that’s most clear in the exhibitor commitment to the event.
In the meantime, we are prepared to fully support our network by harnessing the power of the WorkBoat multi-tiered media platform to share breaking industry and customer news. We are highly committed to our customer base and will do whatever we can to help between now and the show.
We also want to take this opportunity to assure our customers that the WorkBoat Show always has, and will continue to make the health of our visitors, exhibitors, partners and staff our absolute top priority as we continue to make preparations for the 2020 event.
Registration will open in August, 2020 and we have many exciting new developments to share with you including some fantastic additions to our WorkBoat Annual Conference and some great at-show features that we can’t wait to roll out.
As always, to stay up-to-date with the latest news and developments from the International WorkBoat Show please visit www.workboatshow.com.
For exhibiting information please email our Sales Director Chris Dimmerling at email@example.com
I truly can’t wait to see all of you in December.
International WorkBoat Show
The health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors is our primary concern. We, Diversified Communications, organizers of the International WorkBoat Show, are monitoring the situation regarding the Novel Coronavirus, both in the U.S. and internationally.
The current situation has not impacted attendee and exhibitor registration and we look forward to a successful event on December 15-17th at The Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
We encourage exhibitors and visitors to take preventive measures and review the links included below from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization:
https://www.cdc.gov/travel (U.S. CDC’s Travelers’ Health page)
Diversified Communications has been responding to public safety situations for many years and has an effective crisis management protocol in place. We have great confidence in our partnerships with the cities and local authorities where our events take place, and we will continue to update our customers on new developments. We look forward to a safe and successful event in New Orleans.