Euro Bus Expo organiser, Diversified Communications UK, has confirmed the event has been postponed for a further 12 months.
The decision to reschedule Euro Bus Expo, follows consultation with its show partner, exhibitors, and visitors. The UK-based showcase for the coach, bus and mini vehicle sector will now take place on 1-3 November 2022 at the NEC Birmingham.
In tandem with the trade event, the routeone Awards has also been postponed and will next take place on 2 November 2022. The decision to postpone the events has reportedly been brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a huge impact on the sector.
Event Director, Helen Conway, explained: “The decision to postpone was particularly difficult given the show of support from visitors, exhibitors and partners. Over 90% of exhibitors and visitors rated Euro Bus Expo as being important to their business in a survey completed over the last two weeks. This confidence in our events and their standing within the industry places emphasis on the importance of meeting our stakeholders’ expectations.”
Feedback from the industry and its best interests overall, were said to be central to the decision being made, with survey participants suggesting the event should be postponed for another year. The new dates will aim to provide time to focus on recovery, while also giving planning security to all stakeholders, and meeting trend-based buying cycles.
The move, which follows similar announcements from other major trade events in the sector, has been supported by show partner, the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK.
CEO, Graham Vidler, added: “Euro Bus Expo is the premier trade event that offers a great opportunity to bring the industry together. However, with the pandemic continuing to affect the coach and bus sector, we fully support our partners at Diversified Communications UK in having to make this difficult but most sensible decision to postpone the event until November 2022.
“We look forward to coming together again in brighter times. In the meantime, we will continue to work with operators and suppliers as we collectively navigate the challenges ahead.”