The AHR Expo Show Management has announced the cancellation of the 2021 AHR Expo due to the pandemic. The next AHR Expo will take place from January 31 to February 2, 2022, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Originally planned to be held at the McCormick Place in Chicago, the event had been tentatively moved from January to March next year.
“After exhausting all possibilities to tentatively reschedule the Show for March 2021, we regret to announce today the forced cancellation of the 2021 AHR Expo in Chicago,” says the show update on the AHR Expo website.
“With roadblocks set in place by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting current state and local restrictions that prohibit mass gatherings over 50 people, an in-person event will not take place in 2021. Instead, we’ll shift our focus to 2022 and prepare for an in-person event in Las Vegas, NV.”
Says Show Manager Mark Stevens, “We’ve examined every scenario and questioned every roadblock to see how we might hold an in-person event in 2021.
“Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to present unpredictable challenges and other variables that are beyond our control. The safety of all our participants — attendees, exhibitors, speakers, employees, venue staff and everyone involved at every level — continues to be our top priority. With these barriers, along with state and local restrictions due to COVID-19, we have unfortunately exhausted all efforts to bring the Show to Chicago in 2021.”
The Show Management worked alongside co-sponsors AHRI and ASHRAE, as well as an advisory council that included Choose Chicago, representatives from McCormick Place and many vendor partners, to explore “every possibility” that could lead to hosting an in-person event, says AHR Expo show management.
“We were hopeful that March would be a feasible solution, but there are too many obstacles that are beyond our control,” says Stevens.
“We know how disappointing this news is for the HVAC&R industry and we are disappointed too.”
Registration for the 2022 show is expected to open in the northern summer of 2021.
The AHR Expo is produced and managed by International Exposition Company.