There will be no Geneva International Motor Show in 2021. The organisers says they made the decision after most exhibitors said they were not ready to participate in a show next year. The 2020 edition was cancelled due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The event’s Foundation has also decided to sell GIMS to Palexpo SA – the owners of the show’s location. The aim is to find a solution that will ensure the regular organization of an international motor show in Geneva.
In a press statement, the organisers state: ‘A majority of GIMS exhibitors who took part in a survey, stated that they would probably not participate in a 2021 edition and that they would prefer to have a GIMS in 2022’.
They add: ‘The automotive sector is currently going through a difficult phase, and exhibitors need time to recover from the effects of the pandemic. Furthermore, it is far from certain that the current health situation would permit the organisation of an event attracting more than 600’000 visitors and 10’000 journalists next spring’.
GIMS is the largest public event in Switzerland. Its economic impact on the canton of Geneva is estimated at some CHF 200 million per year.