Organizers for the Caravan Salon Düsseldorf are reporting record attendance for the first half of the show, which runs through Sunday (Sept. 2).

“Until Wednesday included we registered more than 145,000 visitors, 12% more than at the same point in time last year. This means we are clearly ahead of forecasts and are looking to the coming days with optimism,” said Director Stefan Koschk in a press release. “The new hall structure has proven its worth and the growing interest taken by young families with children in RVing as a form of holiday-making is also striking.”

The Caravan Center, a designated campsite in the trade fair parking lot, has again proved very popular at Europe’s largest RV show, a consumer event that is attended by a number of U.S. RV industry companies. “Despite minor waiting times during departure, the traffic concept for the concurrent national German football league match of Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday worked fine,” Koschk said, adding that a total of over 230,000 visitors are expected this year.

A survey conducted by the Caravanning Industry Association among its exhibiting members showed that the industry is satisfied with the results at the event. Over 50% of the RV manufacturers stated they have sold more vehicles than over the same period in 2017 while the other half reported sales were at the previous year’s levels. 

An interim review of motorhome manufacturers revealed that almost one third of the exhibitors kicked off the Caravan Salon Düsseldorf with strongly rising and/or rising sales, The remaining manufacturers achieved the high levels posted in 2017.

“The attendance is fantastic and we are delighted with the extraordinarily interested and well informed trade fair visitors,” said Daniel Onggowinarso, general manager of the Caravanning Industry Association.