The Germany economy, the largest in Europe, is in the doldrums, but interest in the RV lifestyle continues to grow, as indicated by a 5% increase in attendance at Caravan Salon, Europe’s largest RV retail show.
The event ,in Dusseldorf, Germany, Aug. 30-Sept. 7, attracted 164,000 visitors. Klaus Fortsch, president of the German Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (CIVD), said, “Attendance figures clearly signal that people are getting more optimistic again.”
Caravan Salon also attracted 525 exhibitors from 21 countries, an increase of 25 companies over the 2002 event. About 130 of the exhibiting companies were from Germany, 51 were from Italy, 20 from the Netherlands, 15 from Austria and 12 from France.
A survey of visitors by Messe Dusseldorf, organizer of the event, found that 35% of attendees purchased or planned to buy a motorized or towable RV during the show.
This year’s Caravan Salon also was the first held in conjunction with TourNatur, a hiking trade fair, which attracted 167 exhibitors from 11 countries and 17,000 visitors.
Next year’s Caravan Salon is scheduled for Aug. 27-Sept 5 and the 2004 version of TourNatur will take place Sept. 3-5, both at the trade fairgrounds in Dusseldorf.