Boat show loses date case

National Boat Shows will seek compensation from Earls Court after a hearing last month ruled that the London Boat Show must go ahead on the dates that Earls Court had incorrectly booked.

National Boat Shows will seek compensation from Earls Court after a hearing last month ruled that the London Boat Show must go ahead on the dates that Earls Court had incorrectly booked. The organiser took the venue to arbitration after it emerged that Earls Court had mistakenly booked the show for 2-12 January 2003 rather than the 9-19 January dates agreed upon. The error was compounded when the Amusement Trades Exhibition International (ATEI) and International Casino Exhibition were booked into Earls Court from 21-23 January. This would not allow the Boat Show adequate breakdown time if the event were to go ahead on the organiser’s preferred dates. The arbitrator ruled that as the ATEI contract was signed first the London Boat Show would have to take place from 2-12 January. National Boat Shows marketing director James Gower said: “We are disappointed that despite the arbitrator finding Earls Court to have broken our contract, we will have to move the 2003 London Boat Show to 2-12 January. We will do everything we can to ensure the change of date does not cause problems for exhibitors and visitors.” Peter Rusbridge, chairman of ATE, which organises the ATEI show, said: “We are relieved that our dates are secure but we fully appreciate how difficult it will be for National Boat Shows and Earls Court.” Earls Court chief executive Andrew Morris said: “We are pleased the arbitration has been resolved. We regret the inconvenience caused to National Boat Shows and we will be working with them to make sure the show is a success. We’re looking into exactly how the error happened because we need to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

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