By SEMA Editors
As the state of Nevada continues to adjust its plans for lowering the spread of Covid-19, and concerns that event facilities and services may be unavailable in November increase, the 2020 SEMA Show will not take place as planned.
With strong interest and support for the event to take place, Show organizers and industry members worked tirelessly to deliver a safe and productive SEMA Show in November. Mounting uncertainty and worldwide travel restrictions rendered continuing with the event inadvisable, and SEMA announced to its members earlier this week that the Show would not take place in 2020. SEMA expects the decision will bring much-needed clarity to an uncertain picture and will help exhibitors, attendees and partners plan accordingly.
“With strong support from the industry, it was a difficult decision to make,” said Tom Gattuso, SEMA vice president of events. “And while we had a plan in place and were ready to provide the industry with a safe event where they could do business, we felt we needed to be able to give exhibitors and attendees assurance that the event could be held in November. Recent reopen guidelines in Nevada were not providing us with the assurance that Las Vegas would be able to host the event at that time. "
More than 1,700 manufacturing companies were signed up to exhibit at the upcoming event, with thousands of buyers registered for the event taking place in just three months.
“The SEMA Show is committed to furthering businesses in the automotive specialty-equipment market, and to providing manufacturers and buyers with the best opportunity to connect, promote new products and discover new trends,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “We appreciate the spirit, hard work and innovation our industry puts into the SEMA Show each year. While we are disappointed circumstances prevent us from hosting the Show in November, we look forward to getting everyone together in 2021 for another outstanding event.”
Full refunds for SEMA Show exhibitor booth deposits and attendee registration fees will be issued.
Updates will be posted to www.SEMAShow.com.