NCC Events is looking to secure a new southern England venue for its Motorhome, Caravan and Camping Show in time to run a 2014 edition after canceling its tenancy at Excel London.
Exhibition News reported that the events subsidiary of the National Caravan Council (NCC) has also revealed details of its first Spring Caravan and Camping Show at The NEC, set to take place on Feb. 19-24, 2013.
The debut Spring Caravan and Camping Show also fills the gap left by the cancellation of Ocean Media’s Boat and Caravan Show, which was previously held every February at The NEC but canceled at the end of 2011 after failing to secure enough manufacturer support.
The first NCC Caravan London show reported 43,356 visitors on Feb. 14-19. Despite the first London success, NCC Events chairman Anthony Trevelyan said insurmountable issues were raised with Excel around storage for the many exhibitor vehicles and products onsite.
The venue’s recent expansion had seen space allocated for the movement and safe storage of up to 650 exhibitor caravans, motorhomes and holiday homes disappear. The lack of suitable on-site camping and the venue’s location within the costly Low Emission Zone were also found to limit Excel’s suitability.
“Excel is a magnificent venue and, as we have witnessed during the Olympics, provides a world-class visitor experience. As a result, it is subject to ongoing expansion and, in recent years, in excess of 40,000sqm of the campus has been converted to hall space and there are plans for even further development,” Trevelyan said.
“The decision to cancel the 2013 event has not been taken lightly and it is not a criticism of Excel’s visitor facilities. We have demonstrated there is a desire and a requirement for a well run, industry supported southern show and we are committed to delivering it. The caravan industry and its consumer base have unique requirements; we are actively seeking an alternative venue in the south to stage the show and this will most likely have to be a collaborative approach with a venue than can be adapted to meet them.”