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 last 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. "
While we know that the TORA Reception will not take place as planned, discussions are taking place about how to recognize and present the annual TORA awards and ways to bring the network membership together. Updates will be provided to the group in the coming weeks.
“We are disappointed that we will not be gathering in person this year and will continue to provide value to members through our year-round networking and educational opportunities,” said TORA Director Denise Waddingham. “We look forward to a stronger year ahead and the progress that will be made by the truck and off-road markets.”
Full refunds for SEMA Show exhibitor booth deposits and attendee registration fees will be issued.
Updates will be posted to www.SEMAShow.com.