Events planned to replace Liverpool Boat Show

A number of maritime events are being planned in Liverpool, following the cancellation of the city's first ever boat show.

Marine Industry Events, the organisers of the Liverpool Boat Show 2011, announced on Monday that the event is being cancelled after a number of major exhibitors pulled out because of a slump in sales caused by the current economic climate.

Cllr Joe Anderson, leader of Liverpool City Council, has called for a summit meeting on Monday 21 February which will be attended by representatives of maritime organisations and private and public sector partners.

Cllr Wendy Simon, cabinet member for culture and tourism, and Max Steinberg, chief executive of Liverpool Vision, will also attend.

They will consider delivering a number of events between 29 April and 8 May when the boat show had been scheduled. Details of these events will be announced shortly.

Several organisations have already approached the council wanting to be involved in staging maritime events during this time.

Anderson said: "It is important that we pull out all the stops to minimise the economic impact of the boat show being cancelled. It was only one of a number of maritime events being planned and we need to look how we can work with other organisations to expand these to boost our tourism economy."

Max Steinberg added: "A quick response is needed because we want to mitigate the economic impact on the city's hotels and shops.

"We are receiving widespread support from the maritime industry and other related businesses and there is a real will to ensure the waterfront is vibrant and fun during this period.

"Following the work that has already been done we now have new and improved infrastructure in the Albert Dock which means we can put the pontoons to good use and discussions have now started to that end."

Other maritime events taking place in the city in 2011 are On The Waterfront, the opening of the Liverpool Museum, including the Centenary of Liver Building, between 22-24 July and The River Festival, between 8-15 September.

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What a huge dissapointment to read that the Liverpool Boat Show has been cancelled. I know lots of people who were really looking forward to attending so, hopefully, the authorities in Liverpool will be able to pull something out of the hat. Good luck to Liverpool.

By Nigel Bruce

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