Hino pulling out of the Brisbane Truck Show deals another blow for BTS21, as the Japanese truck maker announced the company’s decision to withdraw from the show, due to take place from May 13th to 16th.
“Unfortunately due to the still-present uncertainty regarding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision that Hino will not be exhibiting at the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show,” said Bill Gillespie, Vice President of Brand and Franchise Development for Hino Australia. “This was not a decision we have taken lightly, and has come after ongoing deliberation at a senior management level.
“We held off making a final decision to see if the vaccine rollout would provide more confidence in terms of travel and social gatherings, but ultimately the health and safety of our staff must always come first.
“Attendance at events such as these requires a considerable amount of resources and forward planning, and with the ongoing potential of ‘circuit breaker’ lockdowns and state-border closures, hosting a stand at the show simply will not be possible.
“While the situation is currently stable, we are aware that it can change quickly – this ongoing uncertainty has resulted in a change to our business strategy in terms of events and shows in 2021.
“The Brisbane Truck Show is an event that we have wholeheartedly supported, but unfortunately at this time the company position has changed but we do wish the organisers all the very best for a successful 2021 show,” concluded Bill.
Hino joins the Volvo Group and Isuzu is citing concerns about the situation with the ongoing pandemic as the reason to miss out on the Brisbane Truck Show this time around.
The Brisbane Show has received a boost recently when the Federal Government announced 800,000 half-price airfares designed to get Australians travelling, encouraging more visitors to the show from interstate.