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European RV Federation Celebrates 80th Year

August 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Fédération Internationale de Camping, Caravanning et Autocaravaning (F.I.C.C.) — or International Federation of Camping, RVing and Motorhoming —  will close its 80th-anniversary celebrations with a merit awards ceremony to be held at Dusseldorf, Germany’s Caravan Salon on Aug. 31.

Founded in 1933 and being the only worldwide organization devoted to camping, caravanning and motorcaravanning, Brussels, Belgium-based F.I.C.C. began celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2013 by presenting certificates of merit to volunteers from a number of its 75 member organizations operating in 36 countries. Now, at the close of these celebrations, F.I.C.C. will be awarding certificates of professional merit to acknowledge the commitment of those working in the camping industry who contribute to promoting the development and recognition of camping internationally.

People connected with several F.I.C.C.-related organizations together with a number of campsites will be presented with certificates of professional merit. The campsites operate in 12 major European destinations and have been singled out both for the high quality of their installations and services and for their loyalty to Camping Carnet International (CCI) cardholders.

In fact, during this final 80th-anniversary event and award ceremony, prominence will be given to the CCI which was created in 1934 and is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. The CCI is the only social camping card issued by a recognized organization in the sector that is accepted at nearly all European campsites. It can justifiably claim to be a real camping “passport” and is also gaining ground now in other regions around the world.

The CCI has made phenomenal progress imposing its presence increasingly over the years and has now become the leading camping card. Its success persuaded two other organizations, the International Alliance of Tourism and the International Automobile Federation, to link up with F.I.C.C.in a CCI partnership arrangement.

In January of this year, F.I.C.C. became the sole owner of the CCI and will continue to issue the camping card as before and promote its expansion for the benefit of both consumers and service providers, especially campsites.

The CCI is being given a makeover with a new, modern image and graphic design that are more in keeping with today’s preferred consumer trends. However its historical origins will not be lost or forgotten.

A new website – www.campingcardinternational.com – will be launched simultaneously with the new card and will have updated features and applications for mobile devices. This online platform is expected to become one of the main links between the CCI and its users, who will have access to full information on the card’s features, campsite discounts and other additional benefits.

The F.I.C.C. has more than 2,500 campsites registered on the CCI website and 75 member organisations. It operates in 36 countries bringing up-to-date information on the best that camping, caravanning and motorcaravanning has to offer to more than 2 million families throughout the world.

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LCI To Showcase At Dusseldorf Caravan Salon

August 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 9.41.29 AMIn September 2013, Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI) hired Director of International Business Development Larry Revelino. Since then, the company has been steadily developing its international presence by attending international RV and caravan trade shows, meeting with OEMs, distributors and suppliers, and adjusting and testing product designs to meet the unique needs of non-U.S. markets.

This September, LCI will be showcasing its RV products and collaborating with several key vendors at one of the largest caravan and motorhome shows in the world, the Caravan Salon 2014 show in Dusseldorf, Germany, according to a written announcement from the company, based in Elkhart, Ind.. LCI will debut its patented In-Wall Slide-Out System on several European motorhome and caravan brands at the show. LCI also plans to display bonded windows and leveling systems.

“In the recent months, Larry Revelino and our operations teams have worked diligently to strengthen our international partnerships and show our potential customers that we are committed to their markets and supply needs,” said LCI CEO Jason Lippert. “We’ve already initiated some new foundational relationships overseas and taken our core products to several potential customers. Our presence at the Dusseldorf show will help us pursue further growth and show our commitment to the European caravan and motorhome market.”

In June, LCI announced that its new partner Coast to Coast Caravan & Leisure would be the exclusive distributor of LCI’s In-Wall Slide-Out systems and other products in Australia and New Zealand. Also in June, the company announced Shanghai Yixin Trading Co. Ltd. will distribute LCI RV and trailer products in China as an exclusive distributor to those markets. Shanghai Yixin Trading showcased LCI products for the first time at the “All in Caravanning” show at the Beijing Exhibition Center the same month.

Revelino said new relationships with international OEMs, distributors and suppliers have brought LCI a better understanding of international customers’ values, product requirements and unique local dynamics. “We have interacted with new and existing customers on four continents and more than a dozen countries this year,” said Revelino. “We have been present at five international trade shows thus far and gathered valuable feedback from hundreds of consumers and manufacturers about our extensive line of products. We feel there is potential for us to supply a wide range of products to these markets like we do in the United States.”

The company also has plans to display products at the Motorhome & Caravan Show in Birmingham, U.K., in October, the China International Recreational Vehicles and Camping Exhibition 2014 in Shanghai, China, in December, and the CMT Holiday Exhibition Show in Stuttgart, Germany, in January.

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Caravan Salon Adding Two Exhibit Halls for ’14

April 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 9.38.58 AMCaravan Salon Düsseldorf 2014 is expanding with the addition of two exhibit halls. The show, set to run Aug. 30 through Sept. 7, will now encompass 11 halls in Germany’s Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre along with outside display areas. Organizers noted that a trade visitor day will precede the event on Aug. 29.

The annual event will present a total of 580 exhibitors showing motorhomes and towable RVs in all price categories, basic vehicles, accessories, extension elements, tents, camp sites and motorhome parking facilities along with travel destinations. In all, around 1,900 RVs will be on display.

“In recent years the exhibiting companies have asked us to adapt the hall structure to the increased demand. Messe Düsseldorf as the organizer, and the German Caravanning Industry Association as the conceptual sponsor, are now complying with this request,” Stefan Koschke, director of Caravan Salon Düsseldorf, stated in a press release.

Organizers said that new trends in the European RV industry will be represented, including compact motorhomes offering more agility, fuel economy and efficient floorplans. Also on display will be latest advances in environmentally friendly RVs that reduce energy consumption and emissions.

A special themed display will highlight ways to combine RVing with water sports. A water landscape will be located in the center of the facility where canoes, kayaks and Canadian canoes will be demonstrated. It will feature a meandering watercourse on which the visitors can experience canoe sports at first hand.

Parallel to this event on the second weekend (Sept. 5-7), the hiking and trekking fair TourNatur will be held once again. In Hall 1 more than 5,000 hiking destinations will be presented, while in Hall 2 there will be the latest equipment for hiking and trekking including advice from experts.

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Caravan Salon to Offer Supplemental Programs

July 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Organizers for Caravan Salon Düsseldorf are again anticipating strong participation for this year’s event, including 570 international exhibitors representing 120 travel trailer and motorhome brands. According to a press release, companies will showcase approximately 1,800 recreational vehicles in all price ranges.

The Caravan Salon will open at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre with a trade visitor and media day on Aug. 30 and run through Sept. 8. In addition to product displays, the show will offer several supplemental programs, including:

• All-wheel vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, and Messe Düsseldorf is reacting to this trend. This year high-horsepower, all-wheel drive vehicles will be presented in a spectacular off-road show. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of riding in these off-road machines from a passenger’s perspective as they are chauffeured through a large-scale obstacle course.

• At the Dream Tour Cinema Jeanette Emerich and Uwe Hamm will arouse visitors’ wanderlust as they whisk them off to unique travel destinations, including the heart of South America and Route 66. A film presentation by Konstantin Abert documents his caravan trip around the globe in fascinating images. Admission to the daily shows is included in the Caravan Salon ticket price.

• The Caravan Salon will also feature an outdoor area for children and teenagers. While children and teenagers can blow off steam at the Adventure Camp organized by the City Sports Association Düsseldorf, younger kids will stay busy playing, face-painting and enjoying the colorful action program at the Worker Welfare Association’s stand.

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Caravan Salon Düsseldorf Set for 20th Edition

May 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The 20th edition of Caravan Salon, set to run Aug. 31–Sept. 8 (trade visitor day on Aug. 30) at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany, will present an extensive international lineup of 120 RV and motorhome brands along with 570 vendor exhibits.

“In Halls 9 to 17 as well as at the outdoor areas, Caravan Salon will offer the largest selection of mobile leisure products worldwide. Demand from exhibiting companies has been so huge that all halls are completely booked already,” stated Director Helmut Winkler in a press release.

Winkler said that Caravan Salon will deliver a broad overview of the RV market including compact, versatile and aero-dynamic vehicles. “The fact that Caravan Salon is not limited to vehicles makes the event particularly popular,” he noted. “The large variety and thematic diversity also includes accessories, upgrade parts, camping gear and tents as well as travel destinations, camping sites and motorhome parks.”

Halls 9 to 12 as well as Halls 14, 16 and 17 will be reserved for vehicles. Industrial suppliers will be located in Hall 13. Offerings from the tent, accessories and tourism sectors will be presented together in Hall 15, while motorhomes will be located in the outdoor area. In front of Hall 4, visitors can test drive motorhomes and RVs.

A special exhibition this year will be dedicated to the “off-road” theme, giving visitors the opportunity to test these vehicles in the outdoor area or to be driven as a passenger across the adventure course.

In addition to its own display, the host German Caravanning Industry Association (CIVD) will also present the special exhibition “Experience Caravanning” with activity stations. The CIVD will also hold a raffle as visitors will have the chance to win a Fendt Brillant 465 SFB caravan valued or a Knaus Van TI 550 MD luxury motorhome.

Caravan Salon will again offer an informative and entertaining program complementing the exhibitors’ products. At the “Dream Tour Cinema” Konstantin Abert will recount his journey around the world and, along with Jeanette Emerich and Uwe Hamm, will talk about unique travel destinations. The younger visitors will find plenty of activities in the “Adventure Camp”.

As in the past, the hiking and trekking trade fair TourNatur will again be held in conjunction with Caravan Salon on the second weekend (Sept. 6 – 8). Hiking enthusiasts will get up-to-date information on the most beautiful hiking destinations and the latest hiking and trekking equipment. A total of 275 exhibitors will present about 5,000 travel destinations, while independent hiking experts will offer tips for planning tours.

Starting in July, CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF 2013 entrance passes can be purchased online at www.caravan-salon.com Entrance passes include free use of all public transportation within the regional network of Düsseldorf (VRR) on all trade fair days.

For further information on visiting or exhibiting at CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF 2013 or TourNatur 2013, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail: info@mdna.com; Web site: http://www.mdna.com.

 

 

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Caravan Salon Attracts International Audience

April 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

This year’s Caravan Salon Düsseldorf will feature 570 international exhibitors representing 120 towable and motorhome brands, showcasing a total of approximately 1,800 recreational vehicles in all price ranges. According to a press release, the annual event, held at the at Germany’s Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, will open with a trade day on Aug. 30 and then be open to the public through Sept. 8.

In addition to new product, displays will encompass RV accessories, upgrade parts, camping gear, tents, mobile homes, as well as travel destinations, camping sites and motorhome parks. Visitors will also have an opportunity to test drive a motorhome or trailer at the outdoor area in front of Hall 4.

In conjunction with Caravan Salon, the German Caravanning Industry Association (CIVD) will also hold a special “Experience Caravanning” exhibition that will include a raffle to win a trailer, mobile home and cash. Another special exhibition this year will be dedicated to the “off-road” market. All-terrain vehicles will be available for test rides at the outdoor area.

Organizers are expecting another strong show, as last year’s edition attracted 164,900 visitors, including 24,000 international visitors from 38 countries.

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‘Caravan Salon’ Reports Successful ’12 Edition

September 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Organizers reported strong attendance for the recently completed Caravan Salon Düsseldorf 2012, confirming “the high level of interest in RVs and mobile homes,” according to a press release. The international event was held Aug. 25 to Sept. 2 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“With 164,900 visitors, Caravan Salon has fully met our expectations. We have achieved our targets and are happy with the results. We are especially pleased that so many knowledgeable visitors have come to Düsseldorf, thus ensuring high quality discussions,” said Joachim Schäfer, managing director of Messe Düsseldorf.

Schäfer noted that the participation of visitors from abroad, despite the current market situation in Europe, included 24,000 international attendees from 38 countries. Visitors came from as far away as Australia, Brazil and Japan to get a first impression of the 2013 vehicle generation.

“Sixty-four percent of our visitors use Caravan Salon to get information on innovations and trends,” added Schäfer. The exhibition center’s Caravan Park registered 25,000 vehicles for overnight stays.

“Interest in caravanning continues to be high,” said Klaus Förtsch, president of the German Caravanning Industry Association (CIVD). “However, we noted a decrease in visitor attendance compared to 2011 and that our business deals fall slightly short of expectations. But the innovations presented at the exhibition have been received very well.”

According to Förtsch, the panel van segment and the entry-level segment of semi-integrated motorhomes continued to develop positively. In the towable sector, the focus shifted to smaller, compact vehicles due to their high level of comfort and equipment.

The majority of the exhibitors at Caravan Salon Düsseldorf 2012 were pleased with their participation. “This exhibition has clearly exceeded our expectations. The feedback is excellent, which in turn impacted our sales figures very favorably,” said Giovanni Marcon, CEO of Knaus Tabbert GmbH.

Manufacturers also gave the show a positive rating. Jörg Reithmeier, CEO of the Hymer brand, said that his company has fully achieved its targets, noting, “Visitors and customers feel a need for comprehensive and competent advice. We noted that the quality of our discussions increased yet again. But is it not only this interest – we are also very happy about our sales figures which even exceed the level of last year.”

Caravan Salon was also a success for the suppliers. “We can say that Caravan Salon continues to be the showcase of emotions and it has impressively underlined its high significance for the industry,” stated Joachim Kinscher, executive vice president of the Dometic Group. He added that the market in Germany continues to be in an excellent position.

Next year’s Caravan Salon Düsseldorf will be held in Düsseldorf, Germany from Aug. 30 (trade visitor and media day) to Sept. 8.

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Attendance Strong at Caravan Salon Düsseldorf

August 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Organizers reported strong attendance as the Caravan Salon Düsseldorf, running Aug. 25 to Sept. 9, reached the half-way point.

“By the end of Wednesday we had 97,000 visitors, 15,000 of these from abroad. This means figures still have ground to make up and we are looking to the days ahead with confidence,” said Helmut Winkler, director for the annual show at Germany’s Düsseldorf Exhibition Center. “Our dedicated campsite is also in great demand. We have already counted 14,000 vehicles parked here.”

Overall, a total of 160,000 visitors are expected at the Caravan Salon by Sunday.

The good mood in the caravanning sector was confirmed over the first five days of the trade fair. The number of new registrations in Germany in the first half of 2012 rose considerably compared to the same period last year, in fact achieving its highest level in four years.

This year, the trend is heading towards semi-integrated motorhomes and vans using new materials that reduce weight. Efforts also continue to build more eco-friendly trailers and motorhomes.

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Airxcel to Debut Coleman A/C at Caravan Salon

August 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

With the motto “Discover Your World,” visitors at Caravan Salon Düsseldorf 2012 will see an extensive international lineup of products and equipment for mobile vacation by 570 exhibitors from around the world: RVs, mobile homes and caravans, basic vehicles, accessories and furnishing components as well as awnings/tents and travel destinations. The event takes place August 25-Sept. 2 (trade visitor day on Aug. 24) at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Among this year’s exhibitors will be Wichita, Kan.-based supplier Airxcel Inc. President Mel Adams, in Europe earlier this week in preparation for the Düsseldorf Show, told RVBUSINESS.com that its RV Products division was introducing its new Coleman Mach 8 air conditioner, a new lightweight, low profile rooftop design that is being concurrently introduced to the U.S. marketplace this fall and winter.

“The new Mach 8 is the lowest air conditioner that’s been built in the sizes that we build it, as far as I know, in the world – in the U.S. for sure,” Adams said. “It’s got the same high 13,500-Btu output delivery as the air conditioner that we build in the U.S. It’s also available in an 8,000-Btu model in Europe. The profile of the air conditioner is very stylish and we believe meets the world demand for being a very well styled air conditioner.

“We also are debuting it for the international market in a heat pump variant with a completely new ground-up assembly that is designed to fit all of the international cutout opening sizes for air conditioner installation, which are slightly larger than the U.S. And, also, all of the international models will be accompanied by a remote control device. So, that’s what we’re here for.”

Airxcel has already introduced in the states 13,500- and 15,000-Btu units to all of the OEMs on a one-on-one basis, and will more formally introduce the Coleman Mach 8 to the entire market at this winter’s 50th Annual National RV Trade Show, Nov. 27-29 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

Dusseldorf, Adams added, is the place to be.

“Yes, Dusseldorf, Caravan Salon, is the largest RV show in the world as far as square footage as well as diversity of those interested in building or buying RV’s all around the world,” he said. “We utilize this show primarily because you will see customers from all over the world and from smaller countries that would not in all liklihood attend our U.S. shows, such as Louisville.”

Other companies doing U.S. business exhibiting in Dusseldorf include Airstream Inc., Fiamma Inc., Tecnoform S.p.A., Al-Ko Kober, Dometic Corp., Thetford Corp. and Navistar RV.

A total of 120 RV, caravan and mobile home brands will be represented and exhibit space demand was so high again this year that all halls are fully booked. Halls 9 to 12 as well as Hall 14, 16 and 17 will be reserved for vehicles ranging from small caravans and compact mobile homes for two people to family vehicles and luxury motorhomes. Hall 13 will be home to suppliers while Hall 15 will showcase both the tourism and accessories sections.

Reduced energy consumption, pioneering developments, lightweight design options and mobile homes with hybrid drive will be showcased with the return of the Green Caravanning presentation, which debuted in 2010. Equipped with the latest environment-technology components, the Green Motor Home will demonstrate how RVs can become more eco-friendly.

The exhibits will be complemented by a multi-faceted program, including the “caravanning design award: innovations for new mobility,” the vintage caravan exhibition and the “dream tours” presentation about RV travel in Namibia and South Africa, Latin America, the Baltic and East Prussia.

Many caravan enthusiasts will travel to Caravan Salon 2012 in their own vehicles and some 30,000 visitors will spend the night in their RVs or mobile homes at the Caravan Center. The large parking lot close to the fairgrounds offers more than 2,000 serviced and non-serviced slots.

From Aug. 31-Sept. 2, the hiking and trekking trade fair TourNatur 2012 will be held parallel with CARAVAN SALON. In Hall 1, more than 5,000 hiking destinations will be presented while Hall 2 will feature the latest hiking and trekking gear.

 

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CARAVAN SALON to Showcase 570 Exhibitors

May 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF show

With the motto “Discover Your World,” visitors at CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF 2012 will be presented with an extensive international lineup of products and equipment for mobile vacation by 570 exhibitors from around the world: RVs, mobile homes and caravans, basic vehicles, accessories and furnishing components as well as awnings/tents and travel destinations. The event will take place August 25-Sept. 2 (trade visitor day on Aug. 24) at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

According to a press release, the sector is experiencing a new upswing and the prospects for 2012 are bright. “CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF is the trend barometer of the sector and we look to this year’s trade fair full of optimism. Mobile vacation is again enjoying great popularity and this year we will present numerous highlights in addition to many world innovations,” stated Project Director Helmut Winkler.

A total of 120 RV, caravan and mobile home brands will be represented and exhibit space demand was so high again this year that all halls are fully booked. Halls 9 to 12 as well as Hall 14, 16 and 17 will be reserved for vehicles ranging from small caravans and compact mobile homes for two people to family vehicles and luxury motorhomes. Hall 13 will be home to suppliers while Hall 15 will showcase both the tourism and accessories sections.

Reduced energy consumption, pioneering developments, lightweight design options and mobile homes with hybrid drive are the focus will be showcased with the return of the Green Caravanning presentation, which debuted in 2010. Equipped with the latest environment-technology components, the Green Motor Home will demonstrate how RVs can become more eco-friendly.

The exhibits will be complemented by a multi-faceted program, including the “caravanning design award: innovations for new mobility,” the vintage caravan exhibition and the “dream tours” presentation about RV travel in Namibia and South Africa, Latin America, the Baltic and East Prussia.

Many caravan enthusiasts will travel to CARAVAN SALON 2012 in their own vehicle and some 30,000 visitors will spend the night in their RVs or mobile homes at the Caravan Center. The large parking lot close to the fairgrounds offers more than 2,000 serviced and non-serviced slots.

From Aug. 31-Sept. 2, the hiking and trekking trade fair TourNatur 2012 will be held parallel with CARAVAN SALON. In Hall 1, more than 5,000 hiking destinations will be presented while Hall 2 will feature the latest hiking and trekking gear.

For further information on visiting or exhibiting at CARAVAN SALON 2012 or TourNatur 2012, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail: info@mdna.com; or visit http://www.mdna.com.

 

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