Perhaps not surprisingly, the 2021 Geneva Motor Show, scheduled from 4 to 14 March 2021, was canceled due to coronavirus concerns. According to the statement from the organizers of the event, the decision was made after the majority of the participants said they would not possibly attend the 2021 show. The 2020 Geneva Motor Show was canceled after the Swiss government banned more than 1,000 gatherings.
The Geneva International Auto Show is one of the largest auto shows in the world, generally attracting 600,000 people and 10,000 journalists. The cancellation of the show hit both the show itself and the city of Geneva. According to the statement, GIMS is estimated to have an economic effect of up to 200 million Swiss francs per year.
The city government offered 16.8 million Swiss francs to the “Salon International de l’Automobile” Committee and Council, which organized the GIMS. However, the foundation refused the loan because it would require the 2021 GIMS to be made. Instead, the foundation sold the show to Palexpo SA, the owner of the congress center where GIMS is located.
While GIMS 2021 is canceled, Nevada, which attracts more than 175,000 participants, is still planned for January 2021, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The fate of other important events in 2021 continues to be monitored.