New York Auto Show Canceled Amid Delta Variant Worries

By Reuters
August 4Businessshare
New York Auto Show Canceled Amid Delta Variant Worries
People walk through the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, on April 17, 2019. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

WASHINGTONOrganizers on Wednesday canceled the New York Auto Show that had been set for later this month amid rising COVID-19 cases caused by the more infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus.

The 10-day public show and press previews that had been set to start Aug. 19 typically draw thousands of journalists from around the world and more than 1 million ticket buyers.

The show’s return, which had been delayed from the originally planned April 2021, was announced in June.

Organizers said Wednesday the show had been “canceled due to the growing incidences of the COVID-19 Delta variant and the increased measures announced recently by State and local officials to stop its spread.”

The show, which takes place at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, was last held in April 2019 and is typically used to unveil new vehicles by major automakers. Thousands of prospective car buyers use auto shows to help make purchase decisions.

The 2020 show was canceled at time when the Javits center was being used at the time as a make-shift hospital.

Organizers plan to hold the next New York auto show April 2022.

The show typically generates over $300 million to the area economy, the organizers said.