The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a plague on the schedules for the motorcycle trade shows, and now the effects are coming to the plans of the 2021 AIMExpo.
Unsurprisingly, the American trade show has been canceled for 2021 (or “postponed” until 2022, if you want to use the words of the MIC’s press release.
The news is unfortunate, but to be expected considering the various travel restrictions, event restrictions, and worries about the spread of the coronavirus.
“We have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 AIMExpo, the industry’s annual trade show, and while this wasn’t an easy choice it is certainly the right one,” said Cinnamon Kernes, Vice President and General Manager of MIC Events.
“With local directives limiting gathering size, travel restrictions, and a myriad of other obstacles created by the pandemic, there are too many unknown factors limiting our ability to create a safe environment that will also deliver the experience and ROI our exhibitors and attendees expect.”
“We do not want to deliver a show that doesn’t live up to their high standards. Also impacting our decision to postpone are the dealers working to rebuild their businesses after suffering devastating damage from fires, hurricanes, and floods that have hit both the East and West Coasts.”
“There is tremendous value in face-to-face meetings and in-person events and we believe in their ability to create irreplaceable opportunities to connect with people and businesses to drive commerce. The AIMExpo team will continue to work with key industry partners, including Tucker Powersports, to explore options that deliver relevant and important educational content for dealer attendees in 2021.”
“Likewise, the team will be looking for opportunities to connect the powersports brands through quality networking events later this year. We look forward to bringing AIMExpo back in 2022 and will celebrate the industry of powersports and everyone that makes it great.”