RAI Amsterdam announces plans for METSTRADE 2021
With in-person events expected to go ahead later this year, the global leisure marine sector is anticipating the return of METSTRADE 2021 from 16-18 November in Amsterdam. RAI Amsterdam is introducing many new aspects of this pre-eminent industry event which promises to be well-attended by both exhibitors and visitors.
The main goal of RAI Amsterdam and its partner the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) will be to host a safe and successful in-person event in Halls 1-7 and the Elicium building of the RAI Convention Centre. With over 1,100 exhibitors already signed-up, preparations are well underway for METSTRADE 2021. RAI Amsterdam is planning for different scenarios and will be deploying its robust and comprehensive protocol to enable a safe and comfortable return to in-person meetings. The early bird deadline for exhibitor registration will end on May 1 and the aim is to complete the allocation of the show floor space by the end of July.
“It has been encouraging to witness the drive and enthusiasm among exhibitors, partners and visitors to ensure METSTRADE 2021 takes place,” says METSTRADE director Niels Klarenbeek. “The leisure boating sector has withstood the pandemic storm well as people have embraced the outdoor lifestyle. We have been seeing an exceptionally positive vibe from across the industry. On the other hand, the industry has been facing unprecedented distribution challenges. Leisure marine professionals are eager to get to METSTRADE this November to meet, do business and to overcome certain obstacles in their supply chains.”
Klarenbeek and his team recognise there may still be challenges with international travel from some countries this November. To ensure no-one is left out, METSTRADE 2021 will be boosted with a digital package from the RAI studios. These will include a strong online METSTRADE Connect programme with awards ceremonies, pitches, panel discussions and networking options.
Klarenbeek continues: “Working closely with our partners and exhibitors, we are confident that these virtual elements can be organised to our renowned qualitative and quantitative standards. Our physical and virtual offerings will create a seamless user experience, offering opportunities to both visitors and exhibitors.”
The 2021 show will feature a layout applicable only to this year’s edition: the floor plan will be adjusted so that the complete event can take place in Halls 1-7 and the Elicium building, thus meeting the needs of pre-confirmed exhibitors and accommodating 80% of the net exhibition space at the record-breaking 2019 event. The RAI is aiming to make the event a secure and easy-to-navigate trade show. Exhibitors will be notified about their specific METSTRADE 2021 stand allocation in July.
Source: IBI News