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Caravan Salon 2009 Gives RV Industry Fresh Stimulus
Posted By RVBusiness On September 8, 2009 @ 2:51 pm In Breaking News | 1 Comment
As hoped, the RV sector received a positive boost by CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF, the world’s largest RV show, which concluded over the weekend.
The recent staging in Düsseldorf, Germany, closed with a record participation of 161,200 visitors from 37 countries and good sales figures, according to a news release. A total of 580 exhibitors from 25 nations showcased their extensive selections of RVs, as well as accessories and travel destinations. CARAVAN SALON 2009 fulfilled the RV industry’s expectations and demonstradted that after a difficult first half year business is getting better.
Wilhelm Niedergöker, managing director of the show’s organizer Messe Düsseldorf, commented, “161,200 visitors from 37 countries were registered at this year’s CARAVAN SALON (2008: 158,000) and clearly exceeded our expectations of 150,000 visitors. Furthermore, considering the current economic climate in Europe it is all the more positive to note that approximately 18,200 visitors came to Düsseldorf from abroad. CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF is the sector’s foremost trade fair, traditionally accounting for roughly 10% of the industry’s annual turnover. This year CARAVAN SALON created a particularly important momentum – 49% of visitors came to CARAVAN SALON with intentions to buy.”
“The attendance and the number of deals closed, which both clearly surpassed our expectations, have rewarded the exhibitors’ commitment to CARAVAN SALON 2009,” said Klaus Förtsch, president of the the Caravanning Industry Association (CIVD). “These results prove that the efforts of leisure vehicle manufacturers to develop lighter, more economic and lower-cost RVs also paid off. CARAVAN SALON 2009 underlines the recovery trends in the RV sector felt since the beginning of the second half of 2009. This strengthens the sector’s confidence to return to growth in 2010.”
As in the past, TourNatur, Hiking Trade Fair, was held concurrently with CARAVAN SALON. A total of 275 exhibitors showcased the latest equipment and products for hiking to 33,500 visitors.
The next CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF will take place from Aug. 27 (trade visitor and media day) to Sept. 5, 2010 (TourNatur will take place from Sept. 3 – 5, 2010).
For further information on visiting or exhibiting at CARAVAN SALON 2010 or TourNatur 2010, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Visit www.mdna.com/; Subscribe to our blog at http://blog.mdna.com/; Follow us on twitter athttp://twitter.com/mdnachicago
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