The Toronto International Boat Show (TIBS) has been cancelled for 2022. The largest indoor boat show in North America, scheduled to be held in-person, will be held virtually instead.
This change comes due to the Omicron variant of Covid-19 rapidly spreading and causing capacity limits.
The event dates will also be changed slightly from January 22 – 30. The virtual show will take place on January 26 – 30. All in-person Exhibitor spaces will include a virtual platform as well.
President & Show Director of Canadian Boat Shows, Linda Waddell shares, “Following several days of receiving feedback from Exhibitors and review with the Show’s Advisory Committee today, it became clear this is the right decision at this time for our event. The forecasted modelling and recommendations specific to indoor gatherings and travel highlighted by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, lead to an increased concern about the well being and safety of our exhibitors, sponsors, attendees and staff.”
“We are very disappointed to be making this announcement today. We genuinely prioritized the health and well being of our industry as the focus in our decision making process, despite knowing we had an exceptional show planned following months of condensed work to be ready on time.” expressed Linda Waddell.
The event had already begun preparations for the Show, and were ready to move-in all the displays in less than 30 days. The Toronto International Boat was planning to unveil an all-new re-imagined floor plan, with over 300 exhibitors, plus 250 seminars & workshops inside the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place.
TIBS was held virtually in 2021 as well, with a successful turnout of over 35,000 registrations. Here’s to hoping the 2022 show will do even better!
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