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Geneva Motor Show postponed to 2023

A poster is seen at the Palexpo exhibition center as the 90th edition of the International Motor Show is canceled to curb the spread of the coronavirus, in Geneva, Switzerland on February 28, 2020. REUTERS / Pierre Albouy

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MILAN, Oct. 7 (Reuters) – Organizers of the Geneva International Motor Show said on Thursday they would not host the event next year due to “industry-wide issues related to to the COVID-19 pandemic “.

Organizers said in a statement that the direct and indirect problems related to the pandemic left them with “no options”.

They included both persistent travel restrictions for exhibitors, visitors and journalists, as well as an ongoing global semiconductor crisis, which leaves automakers with new priorities, they said.

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This decision comes after the cancellation of the 2019 and 2020 editions of the show following the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee of the International Motor Show, Maurice Turrettini, said that despite all efforts, the organizers had to face reality.

“The pandemic situation is not under control and presents itself as a big threat for a big indoor event,” he said.

Turrettini, however, added that he viewed the decision as a postponement rather than an annulment.

“I am convinced that the Geneva International Motor Show will come back stronger than ever in 2023,” he said.

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Reporting by Giulio Piovaccari; edited by Agnieszka Flak

Our Standards: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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