The President of ANCMA and Managing Director of the company that organizes the event in Milan made the serious decision after considering the current situation and decided to cancel the 2020 EICMA show which should have been held from 3rd to 8th of November. Now, the focus is on the future event and for the time being, the 2021 EICMA is scheduled between 9th to 14th of November.
It’s sad to say that we won’t see any new motorcycle releases this year, physically that is, at one of the biggest motorcycle shows in the world. It looks like the decision came after another motorcycle show was canceled, the 2020 Intermot Motorcycle Event.
After making efforts to find solutions to hold the 2020 EICMA Motorcycle Show. Unfortunately, the current situation enforced ANCMA to reschedule the event for next year. It’s true that until November there are four months left and anything can happen, but the high number of people attending the event which is between 800,000 and 1 million is a serious matter to take into consideration. In other words, nothing has to go wrong and the visitor’s health and safety is the number one priority. So, there’s no guarantee that the problem, even if reduced and under control, will no longer exist on November 5, the day scheduled for the inauguration.
It’s not up to EICMA and ANCMA to decide if there’s any possibility for the 2020 EICMA to be held due to the fact that prior to this situation, BMW and KTM already announced that they would not participate in the 2020 editions of the major motorcycle show around the world including 2020 Intermot as well.
Probably ANCMA could have found a way to ensure the health and safety of the visitors by reducing the number of people attending the event and to secure social distancing measures, but as it seems the COVID-19 situation is something serious and not possible to control. So, the best decision could be to reschedule the event to make sure that the visitor's health is the organizer's number one priority as it should always be. Thus, it looks like ANCMA made the best decision and postpone the motorcycle show until 2021.
Here’s the full press release:
The 78th International Bicycle and Motorcycle Show, scheduled to be held from 3rd to 8th November next in the halls of Fiera Milano in Rho, has been postponed to 2021. The announcement came this afternoon in a press release from EICMA S.p.A., the company controlled by Confindustria ANCMA (the National Association of Manufacturers of Bicycles, Motorbikes and Accessories) in which the Managing Director Paolo Magri underlined that “the decision has been taken with and for the whole sector.”
“The value and international leadership of our exhibition-event.” Mr Magri explained, “have convinced us not to wager on the evolution of the health situation linked to the Covid-19 emergency and, above all, to listen to and protect the whole of the two-wheeler industry which, with Fiera Milano primarily and our partners, continues to see in EICMA a successful model and its most important opportunity for b2c and b2b at shows.”
“Responsibility has been imposed on us and makes us act on a wide scale in the interest of the exhibitors and our visitors, postponing the 2020 show with a solid convergence of intentions.”
The event, which attracts hundreds of thousands of fans and which over the years has made its name as one of the most important events in the Lombardy capital for attractiveness, interest and visibility, has therefore only been put off until 2021, from 9th to 14th November, still in the exhibition area of Rho.
Lastly, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of EICMA, Pietro Meda, emphasized that “the 2021 Show will have great symbolic value and we hope that it can contribute to making fans and the whole two-wheel sector forget this difficult and exceptional situation.”
“It is our intention,” Meda concluded, “to continue protecting not only the global importance of our exhibition event, but also further enhance the strong bond with the local area and with the institutions that consider EICMA a topical and essential appointment not only for the sector.”