Geneva Motor Show canceled due to outbreaks of coronavirusFebruary 28, 2020
The 90th GIMS, which was supposed to welcome the media from next Monday and the general public from March 5 to March 15, 2020, will not take place.
This decision was made by the Federal Council on February 28, 2020, prohibiting the holding of events with the number of participants more than 1000 people until March 15, 2020. The decision was made 3 days before the opening of the exhibition for the media.
“We regret this situation, but the health of all participants is our top priority for us. This force majeure will be a huge loss for manufacturers who have invested heavily in their presence in Geneva. However, we are convinced that they will understand this decision, ”the organizers explained.
A few days before the opening of the event, the construction of the stands was almost completed. A week ago, during press conferences, no one could have thought that the outcome would be like that. The situation changed with the advent of the first confirmed coronavirus diseases in Switzerland and the order of the Federal Council of 02.28.2020.
In the meantime, the dismantling of the event should now be organized. The financial implications for everyone participating in the event are significant and should be evaluated in the coming weeks. One thing is certain: tickets already purchased for the event will be returned. Organizers will report this as soon as possible on their gims.swiss website.
It may be too late for car manufacturers to organize their own events to showcase new cars, probably all the debuts planned for Geneva will be presented online only. Whether all the new cars that were supposed to be present at the exhibition in Switzerland will debut in the coming days is not yet known, as some automakers may decide to postpone the launch. It’s too early to say.
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