Prolonged global travel restrictions continue to hamper the entry of non-residential visitors into Vietnam. As an international meeting point for players in the local automotive community, the limitations of face-to-face business exchange have led to actions deferring Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2021. Originally scheduled for 30 June – 2 July, the show is now set to take place from 29 June – 1 July 2022. Stakeholders agree that an effective industry gathering would only be possible once travel restrictions ease, and they look forward to a series of pre-show events that maintain momentum in the market.
Ongoing travel restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19 have limited the accessibility of overseas players joining Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. From this perspective, both local and international exhibitors have backed the call to defer the show. Nevertheless, organisers are optimistic that global vaccination programmes will create a passage into the country and release market opportunities in the year ahead.
Despite these restrictions, overseas players continue to eye up the rising domestic auto market. Compared to the same time last year, a 60 percent surge of new vehicle sales in January 2021 reinforces this steady rebound. Activities at the show aim to explore the potential for further growth and development between local and overseas participants.
On the other hand, the Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City team recognises the need to engage the local automotive community and is working with stakeholders to assess the format and topics of pre-show events that satisfy demand during the interim.
Ms Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager, Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, commented: “As a responsible business platform that serves the regional automotive community, we believe the show’s wider global participation is fundamental to its success and effectiveness. The deferred show date will allow more time for borders to open up to overseas exhibitors and buyers. Meanwhile, our upcoming pre-show events aim to offer more experiences whereby industry players can unite for networking and knowledge-sharing activities. We are thankful for our stakeholders’ continued support and look forward to seeing you at one of our related events soon.”