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Geneva motor show suspended for fourth straight year as event moves to Qatar

Geneva Motor Show

The Geneva Motor Show has been canceled for the fourth consecutive year, with event organizers citing “uncertainties in the global economy and geopolitics”.

This means that next year will be the fourth year in a row that the Geneva Motor Show has been cancelled, following Covid-related cancellations in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Sandro Mesquita, CEO of the Geneva International Motor Show, added: “In these uncertain times, many brands are unable to commit to attending a show in Europe in winter. After evaluating all the elements, it became clear to the foundation that the 2023 Salon cannot take place in Geneva as planned.

Next year’s show was originally intended to take place in two locations – Geneva and Doha, Qatar – but this revamp only sees the latter moving forward.

Maurice Turettini, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Geneva International Motor Show, said: “Due to the uncertainties on the global economy and geopolitics, as well as the risks linked to the development of the pandemic, the organizers have decided to focus exclusively on planning for the event in Doha in 2023.”

The first Geneva International Motor Show in Qatar will take place in November 2023 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center alongside other “decentralized venues”, according to the organizers of the event. It must take place every two years.

Mesquita added, “We are now fully focused on hosting GIMS in Doha and look forward to confirming the dates and format of this groundbreaking event with our partners at Qatar Tourism soon.”

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