The Geneva International Motor Show has announced that its return to Switzerland will be delayed by at least one year. It has been postponed for an unprecedented four years in a row.
They claimed that they would instead be preparing for the Geneva International Motor Show Qatar, which is scheduled to take place in Doha in the middle of November 2023.
The permanent committee of the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) issued a statement explaining that, “due to the uncertainties in the global economy and geopolitics, as well as the risks related to the development of the pandemic,” they had decided to focus solely on planning the event in Doha in 2023.
The 2023 edition of the biennial Qatar show had already been planned, though at first it was supposed to be a mere sideshow to the Geneva event.
There’s no doubt that this was a last-minute decision on the part of the organizers. The official GIMS Twitter account announced the upcoming show would take place in February of 2023 in a tweet posted on April 4 (also known as: not that long ago). Unfortunately, that cannot be the case.
A few months after the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will also be held in Qatar, will be the show. The use of migrant labor to construct cutting-edge facilities for the games has been widely criticized. When considering that some have gone as far as to call what the country has done “slavery,” GIMS’s decision to partner with Qatar for their one and only show in 2023 is easily questionable. I won’t venture a guess as to the nature of the deal being offered by the country to the organization, but I certainly wouldn’t be shocked to learn that substantial financial incentives are at play here.
This would be the first Geneva show to take place since 2019.
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