The organization of the Montreal International Auto Show on Thursday decided to cancel hosting its event at the Palais des Congress de Montreal, which is scheduled for January 21, 30, 2022.
The move comes amid growing Omicron variant and uncertainty over actions to be taken for organizing indoor events in the coming weeks, the company said in a statement.
“It simply came to our notice then. As Montreal being the first major auto show on the Canadian circuit, we believe it would be irresponsible to hold a large public event with an increase in Kovid cases. We are disappointed with the people and our partners who supported us: Palais des Congress, manufacturers, exhibitors and employees, ”said Louis Pereira, SIAM Executive Director.
“We really believe the event is going to happen this year. Omicron has come to confuse the issue. But that is our corporate responsibility. All visitors who purchase tickets will be refunded,” he continued.
Denise Desurolt, executive vice president of the auto show, however, said that “planned fundraising activities will be carried out in support of the six hospital foundations”.
More details will be announced in the coming weeks.