With the COVID-19 pandemic still posing a threat against the public, the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) has decided not to hold the biennial Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) this year.
Now while this may seem like a bad thing, CAMPI has also announced that they may have the 8th edition of the motor show taking place in 2021. That's right, instead of holding the canceled event in 2022 in biennial fashion, they have decided that it would be best to actually hold it next year.
There are no exact plans yet as to how they will hold the motor show in 2021. More than likely, they will put up strict safety measures and guidelines to ensure that both the show-goers and exhibitors will be safe during the event. Last but not least, the venue is still being used as a quarantine facility.
With Thailand holding the 2020 Bangkok International Motor Show with great success (1 million visitors, over 18,000 car bookings), CAMPI might take note of what the organizers of BIMS were able to do to make it possible.
Some of you might say that the COVID-19 pandemic would have already been put under control by the time PIMS 2021 rolls around. Well, with the country still experiencing new cases to this day, and the world still waiting for a vaccine that can be administered to the global population, strict health protocols will have to be put up in order to make sure that everyone is safe during social gatherings and big events like PIMS.
With that in mind, CAMPI could take all of the necessary precautions to minimize the spread of the disease should it still be present come 2021. From temperature checks before entering the event hall, the requirement of wearing face masks (plus face shields), constant disinfection and decontamination practices, observing social distancing protocols, and re-adjusted booth displays, CAMPI will have to come up with a strict set of rules before the 2021 show kicks off.
As CAMPI looks towards 2021 for a possible PIMS, we certainly hope that they will be able to pull it off. We're keeping our fingers crossed that the pandemic would have already been put under control by then.