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This year’s CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF has provided impressive proof that caravanning as a way of holidaymaking inspires people and that trade fairs can be held successfully even in Corona times, according to a press release from the organizers.

Messe Düsseldorf and the Caravaning Industrie Verband e. V. (CIVD) can look back on very positive results. “With 107,000 visitors the CARAVAN SALON sends an important signal for the entire trade fair industry in Germany and Europe. The world’s most important trade fair for caravanning convinced with its well-thought-out hygiene and infection protection concept”, rejoices Erhard Wienkamp, Managing Director Messe Düsseldorf.

“The whole team at Messe Düsseldorf and CIVD as well as all employees of our exhibitors turned this trade fair into a fantastic experience with great commitment and lots of passion – this passion for mobile leisure was omnipresent over the past ten days”, says Wienkamp. The mood at the fairground has been excellent. Just as positive, he adds, is the fact that more and more newbies as well as many young families have visited the caravanning trade fair.

Hermann Pfaff, President of the Caravaning Industrie Verband, was also thrilled with how the CARAVAN SALON went: “These visitor numbers are a very good result under the circumstances. The fact that they include many newcomers and that the average age has come down markedly shows that we are currently experiencing an inflow of completely new customers. The success of the event, however, is not only measured by the attendance figures but above all by the sales deals concluded – and those were even higher than in the record year across the board. Add to this, the customers’ very useful direct feedback that manufacturers can only get in this way at a trade fair. Furthermore, the expert exchange on the biggest B-2-B platform of our industry is extremely valuable for exhibitors.”

The exhibitors of CARAVAN SALON were also exuberant about the results of the trade fair and reported very good sales closed.

“After initial skepticism, we are overall very happy to have presented our products at this year’s CARAVAN SALON in Düsseldorf. Although the number of visitors was limited our Hobby sales team was kept very busy. Our customers – also including many young people – were highly interested and very patient and relaxed at the same time. Apart from our vehicles, the well-thought-out hygiene concept was also received very well by visitors and distancing measures were observed. To sum up, the CARAVAN SALON – even under these special circumstances – proved a really nice trade fair,” says Holger Schulz, Managing Director at Hobby.

Dr. Holger Siebert, Managing Director at Eura Mobil GmbH and Trigano Deutschland KG, says: “This Caravan Salon was special – we have held the first major trade fair in Germany in precarious times. The atmosphere was relaxed and positive, and the parties involved highly satisfied with the results at the end of the day. Our thanks as exhibitors go to Messe Düsseldorf that has done a perfect job in the run-up to and during the trade fair. Occupying 15,000 square meters of exhibition space with 20 brands in the segments motor caravan, caravan, accessories and rentals the Trigano Group showed trust the trade fair and our decision proved right. All brands succeeded in increasing their sales. Our premium brand Eura Mobil saw the new Contura on a Mercedes chassis celebrate its debut. The modern entry-level brand Forster proved particularly popular among the noticeably younger trade fair visitors this year, especially the starter vans priced below EUR 35,000. The tradition-rich Karmann-Mobil brand exhibited on a substantially enlarged exhibition stand and benefited from the trend towards camper vans /buses. Finally, the Spanish brand Benimar, which was represented in Düsseldorf for the first time, staged an impressive market entry on a 900 m² stand.

“This year’s CARAVAN SALON was a resounding success despite all the special circumstances. As one of the most beautiful and currently safest forms of vacationing, caravanning boasts enormous potential – as the trade fair clearly demonstrated,” said Gerd Adamietzki, CSO at Knaus Tabbert AG, and added: “We are so delighted the trade fair could be held in Düsseldorf. It provides us with the perfect setting for staging our products; and the growth rates we posted yet again show that the innovations by Knaus Tabbert inspire customers – caravanning has really become mainstream now. In a nutshell: CARAVAN SALON 2020 has exceeded our expectations. This is also attributable to the exemplary implementation of Messe Düsseldorf’s hygiene and safety concept.”

The 60th CARAVAN SALON Düsseldorf will be held from 27 August to 5 September 2021.