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Geneva International Motor Show

( 5 October 2023 - 14 October 2023 )
Venue: Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre
Location: Switzerland , Genève
Organizer: Palexpo

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The Geneva Motor Show 2023 will take place between 05.10.2023 and 14.10.2023 as an exclusive event in the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) and several other decentralised venues in Doha, Qatar. The hosting locations for the event will have a strict COVID-19 prevention plan in place. The prevention plan for the event will include the following safety measures:

  • The venues will feature disinfection teams that will clean often-touched objects, including handrails. The sites will include closed bins for the disposal of masks, gloves, and tissues. 
  • Walkways will have a configuration that will a social distance of 1.5 metres 
  • The venues will include reminding pictograms about maintaining a social distance of 1.5 m.
  • Hand sanitiser gel will be available to visitors in strategic places.
  • Participants will be required to show 3G entry documents via the Ehteraz app. Such include negative test results, vaccination passports, and/or proof of recovery.

Due to the ongoing travel restrictions, participants will be required to present negative test results. These include a PCR valid for 48 hrs from the scheduled flight date to the country or a RAT valid for 24hrs.

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Founded in 1905, the Geneva Motor Show is the leading event for the automotive industry. It is the trade show that helps to set the standards in the sector. This is due to the fair serving as the centre stage for the showcasing of innovations and new models. GIMS is among Geneva’s main events and takes place at Palexpo.

Business Profile of the Event

The Geneva Motor Show is the main event for many automotive industry professionals. Such include suppliers, manufacturers, engineers, and tuners. Professionals from the industry gather to survey the latest products. The trade fair additionally attracts professionals such as car rental agents. Vehicle inspectors, car salespeople, auto sales managers, auto designers and others. Visitors to the fair include Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Pirelli, Aston Martin, and others. 

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GIMS is a trade show that allows automotive industry professionals to gain recognition. Furthermore, the event permits them to expand their specialist knowledge. They can additionally network and make important purchases onsite. 

The Geneva International Motor Show features an extensive and intense event schedule. This includes a broad range of special showcases, informative events, exhibitions, and others. The event is the leading location for showing new automotive prototypes or models. For example, one of the events featured the showcasing of cars such as the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Audi A6. Furthermore, attendees of the fair can examine new automotive equipment and technical breakthroughs. Often, the showcases of such innovations that place at the exhibition section of the fair. 

The exhibition is one of the main leading events in the GIMS’ support programme. It consists of product sections such as:

  • Motor cars, 3 or 4 or more wheels.
  • Electric cars and alternative powered cars.
  • Special bodywork for motor cars, car design, engineering.
  • Converted cars (tuners).
  • Accessories and parts for motor cars
  • OEM: Original equipment manufacturers
  • Workshop installations for the repair and maintenance of motor cars
  • Miscellaneous products and services related to the car industry
  • Animation / Attractions.

GIMS also feature events that permit expanding specialist knowledge or gaining recognition. Among them are various political and social debates. Such opportunities also include the International Advanced Mobility Forum. The Forum allows attendees to gain in-depth insights into the mobility of the future. This includes breakthroughs and innovations that can improve the automotive industry. Such feature changes such as improved drivability, improved navigation systems and others. The Forum often features leading experts and start-ups as speakers at the lectures. 

Another leading event in the GIMS’ support programme is the Car of the Year award ceremony. It is an international award that marks the most outstanding new car for the year. This can help manufacturers in gaining recognition or learning about new models. Each nominated model receives scrutiny from an international panel of judges. The event takes place in the Conference Centre of Palexpo on 2 exclusive press days. 

The Geneva Motor Show is a must-attend for many automotive industry professionals. Among them are suppliers and manufacturers as well as tuners. Furthermore, engineers including auto, processing, QA testing and electrical should consider attending. So should car rental or sales agents, managers, and auto designers. 

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Invest in your business trip with hotel accommodation selected for your specific need. Travel 2 Fairs Ltd works with you to send you hotels in Geneva with an ideal location and price tag. This allows you to select the hotel offers that work best for you. Such as placing you near Palexpo for a quicker commute. We have long worked with large groups, so you can query for parties of twenty people and more. The entire registration process takes up to a day, and you leave all details to us. Also, Travel 2 Fairs ltd assists with logistics as well. You can request a rent-a-car or an airport transfer in both directions, whether it is private or shared.


The Geneva International Motor Show is an annual event that takes place at Palexpo for 9 days. The vent often includes 2 public days before the beginning of the event for the hosting of the Car of the Year Award. Comité Permanent du Salon International de l'Automobile organises the event. Visiting hours for the show are between 10 am to 8 pm or between 9 am to 7 pm. 

Palexpo is a venue with a convenient location. For example, you can reach the venue in 25 minutes from the city centre by bus. Gare Cornavin is likewise close as it would take you 15 minutes to reach the site via bus. Geneva Airport is also close, as the journey would take 15 minutes on foot. Geneva has many resting and dining options. For example, the city has over 150 hotels and 1000 restaurants. Popular resting areas are the Old Town, Plainpalais, and Eaux Vives. Another recommended area is the Saint-Gervais et des Grottes.

Geneva is among the most popular tourist cities in Switzerland. It is a metropolis that has a convenient transport system and easy to navigate roads. The city’s transportation system consists of regular ferries, trams, and buses. Geneva has several railway stations, with the largest being Gare Cornavin. Geneva has railway connections to other cities in Switzerland, France, Italy. For example, there are fast intercity trains to Basel, Milan, and Paris. Likewise, intercity bus routes connect Geneva to Zurich. The different areas of the city are also easy to access via public transport. For example, Geneva Airport is next to a railway station, which allows you to reach the city centre in 6 minutes. 

Audience and Statistics

The Geneva Motor Show is a high-profile event attended by over 660 000 automotive industry members. For example, over 180 exhibitors attend the event during its editions. The event has also had several record visitor entries during its 100 years of history. This includes 2005 when 747 000 visitors attended the fair and 2011 when 735 000 visitors attended. The Motor Show is the hosting location for over 150 car premieres. Many countries send trade delegates to the fair, including Switzerland, Germany, and Thailand. The UK, China, Japan, the USA, and Monaco are also among the presented nations. So are France, Italy, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Austria, South Korea, and the UAE.




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