The 2020 SEMA Show has been canceled, show organizers announced. The annual automotive aftermarket trade show was scheduled to be held Nov. 3-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
SEMA cited the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and a potential shortage of facilities and services as reasons for the cancelation.
Organizers are currently assessing the possibility of hosting a virtual trade show in its place. SEMA will also issue full refunds for exhibitor booth deposits and attendee registration fees.
“While both event organizers and industry members have been working tirelessly to deliver an outstanding SEMA Show in November, mounting uncertainty has rendered continuing with the event inadvisable. SEMA expects the decision will bring much needed clarity to an uncertain picture and will help exhibitors, attendees and partners plan accordingly,” organizers said in a statement announcing the decision. “Results from a recent SEMA Show survey indicated interest in a possible virtual trade show with related live elements. SEMA will be working with industry members to determine interest levels on specific alternatives.”
“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.”
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