Organizers of the Toronto International Boat Show have cancelled in-person events for 2022 as a result of pandemic-related restrictions.
The show, the largest of its kind in North America, was set to take place from Jan. 22 to 30 at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place. Most preparations had already been completed, organizers stated on Friday, Dec. 17.
The event was set to showcase more than 300 exhibitors and include 250 seminars and workshops, as well as launch a 5,000 square foot Boater’s Resource Centre featuring 15 industry and government organizations.
New limitations announced
Plans were thwarted by the rapidly-developing Omicron variant and newly-mandated capacity limitations at large events in Ontario.
“The COVID Omicron variant is driving dramatic regulation changes across the Province of Ontario,” Canadian Boat Shows President and Show Director Linda Waddell stated. “We are very disappointed to be making this announcement today, knowing we had an exceptional show planned to be ready on time, following months of condensed and collaborative efforts with our partners and exhibitors.”
All meeting and event spaces that hold more than 1,000 people will have their capacity numbers reduced to 50%, effective Saturday, Dec. 18.
Making the right call
“We understand that this capacity reduction will be in place indefinitely, as the province did not set an end date. In addition, following several days of receiving feedback from exhibitors and review with the Show’s Advisory Committee, it became clear this is the right decision at this time for our event, and for the safety of our exhibitors, sponsors, attendees and staff.”
The 2021 boat show was cancelled for the first time in the event’s 62-year history as a result of the pandemic. A virtual show, however, attracted more than 35,000 registrations. This year’s virtual show will be held over five days, from Jan. 26 to 30. Programming details will be announced soon, organizers stated.