MILAN, Oct 7 (Businesshala) – Organizers of the Geneva International Motor Show said on Thursday they would not hold the event next year due to “industry-wide issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic”.
Organizers said in a statement that the direct and indirect issues related to the pandemic “left no choice” for them.
These included frequent travel restrictions for both exhibitors, visitors and journalists as well as the ongoing global semiconductor crisis, which is leaving carmakers with new priorities, he said.
The decision comes after the 2019 and 2020 editions of the show were also canceled following the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maurice Turrettini, president of the Comte Permanente du Salon International de l’Automobile, said that despite all the efforts, the organizers had to face reality.
“The pandemic situation is not under control and presents itself as a major threat to a large indoor event,” he said.
However, Turrettini said he saw the decision as an adjournment rather than a cancellation.
“I am confident that the Geneva International Motor Show in 2023 will be stronger than ever,” he said.