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September 2016

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Anne Meerboth-Maltz
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Messe Düsseldorf North America
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Chicago, IL 60601


With high visitor participation and positive sales results, the recent staging of CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF 2016 impressively confirmed that the RV sector is booming and impressively underline the event’s position as the world’s largest trade fair for mobile homes and RV’s. A total of 590 national and international exhibitors presented their innovations and current models – 130 RV and mobile home brands – in twelve halls as well as on the outdoor space. On more than 2 million square feet of exhibit space, some 2,100 leisure vehicles were presented.

“CARAVAN SALON 2016 was an outstanding event with great business, very good sales figures and the best atmosphere. Despite the summery temperatures on the first weekend, this year’s trade fair with its 203,500 visitors will be the best in the event’s history and has more than met our expectations as organizers, as well as those of the exhibitors,” stated Joachim Schäfer, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf. Also noteworthy was the high number of first-time exhibitors accounting for some 34%. According to Joachim Schäfer, the results of CARAVAN SALON 2016 prove how popular RV vacations are: “The urge for freedom, outdoor activities and, more importantly, the desire to get to know unfamiliar regions and cities are the ingredients that make this form of vacationing so fascinating.”

Hermann Pfaff, President of the Caravaning Industry Association, was also pleased with CARAVAN SALON: “We are extremely satisfied with the largest CARAVAN SALON in terms of exhibit space. Manufacturers have made great investments to offer customers attractive and prestigious stands. The innovations presented here were well received and the number of sales concluded exceeded expectations.” CARAVAN SALON impressively underlined its position as a leading trade fair worldwide for this sector. Top-notch delegations from the U.S., Australia and the entire Asian region attended the event. “We hope that we can carry over the dynamism and spirit of CARAVAN SALON into the autumn business of 2016,” added Herman Pfaff.

The majority of exhibitors were also extremely pleased with the results of the show and reported strong visitor interest and sales figures.”We are overjoyed with the trade fair result and are delighted that we have once again significantly exceeded last year’s figures. This is due to our excellent range of attractive vehicles but certainly also due to the good framework conditions that Messe Düsseldorf has offered us for the presentation in the Knaus Tabbert Hall 4. Dealers are drawing a very positive picture and their response reinforces the pleasing upward trend in the RV sector,” said Gerd Adamietzki, Sales and Marketing Director at Knaus Tabbert GmbH. “This is key confirmation for us that we can offer the right products to our customers at the right time,” added Wolfgang Speck, Managing Director at Knaus Tabbert.

Holger Schulz, Managing Director at Hobby-Wohnwagenwerk Ing. Harald Striewski GmbH, was also delighted: “Despite the warm weather in the first half of the week, demand from our customers as well as the quality of the conversations we had was exceptional. CARAVAN SALON has become indispensable. When things go well in Düsseldorf, the post-trade fair autumn business is also generally strong.”

Bernhard Kibler, Managing Director at Hymer GmbH, was especially pleased with the many first-time buyers primarily interested in RVs and entry-level RV’s: “We were also able to post strong sales figures in our premium mobile home segment. We are extremely satisfied with the figures and have been able to record a plus in all segments.”

Dr. Holger Siebert, Managing Director at Eura Mobil GmbH, agreed: “We can look back on a great CARAVAN SALON. Visitors are well informed and know what they want. We can draw a very positive conclusion and have been able to achieve sales increases with all brands.”

Bernd Wuschack, Managing Director of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service at Carthago Reisemobilbau GmbH, also reported a positive outcome: “We are delighted that our sales figures have increased again. This is due to our high-quality products as well as our new and enlarged stands. We have extended our overall space – we were able to present ourselves for the first time on our own Malibu mobile home stand thereby showcasing our entire product portfolio.”

CARAVAN SALON 2016 was also a success for upstream suppliers. “CARAVAN SALON offers us ideal opportunities to get direct feedback from our end customers. As a result of in-depth conversations we were able to discern trends and can therefore gear ourselves well for the future. We were able to welcome customers from Australia and recorded more visitors from the Far East,” explained Carsten Oberwelland, Senior Vice President at Alois Kober GmbH.

The next staging of CARAVAN SALON will be held from August 25 (trade visitor and media day) to September 3, 2017 in Düsseldorf, Germany. For further information on visiting or exhibiting at CARAVAN SALON 2017, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail:; Visit our web site; Subscribe to our blog; Follow us on twitter at

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