10 July 2017
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All in CARAVANING has exceeded all expectations

We have visited the last edition of All in CARAVANING and we are writing a rich story to be published on the next August issue of our magazine, Aboutcamp BtoB n°16. The official press release follows.

Held at the Beijing Exhibition Centre the All in CARAVANING 2017 from 23 to 25 June has exceeded all expectations and succeeded in topping very clearly last year’s record results yet again.  In ten exhibition halls (two more than last year) and on 33,000 square metres of indoor and outdoor space 650 exhibitors (330 of whom were campsite exhibitors) presented a comprehensive selection of caravans, motorhomes, base vehicles, mobile homes, accessories, campsites, outdoor recreational facilities, camping gear and tourism. 21,826 visitors from China and abroad came to the fair; this is a 25% increase over the previous year.

“With this year’s trade fair we have achieved the next quality level. Apart from the top results for visitors, growth in exhibition space, number of vehicles and the extent of new articles and innovations the programme of side events with accompanying conferences, technical lectures, special shows and extensive activities for the whole family all rounded off the event. Proving a special highlight was the dream tour from Düsseldorf to Beijing organised by Kostya Abert and the grand welcome for the “caravanners” from Europe at the exhibition centre,” said Axel Bartkus, Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., summing up results.  

China’s market for caravanning and camping is growing and will also continue to experience tailwinds over the coming months. This development could clearly be felt at AIC. The exhibiting caravan and motorhome brands managed to close many new business deals during the trade fair. 320 Chinese and international caravan and motorhome brands were represented – plus numerous accessories suppliers who showcased their highlights and current trends. Exhibitors presented more than 350 recreational vehicles of all sizes and shapes – from compact pick-up trucks, to luxury busses and motorhomes to mini caravans. Thanks to its attractive line-up of side events the leading showcase in China for motorhomes, caravans, accessories and corresponding tourism destinations attracted both seasoned fans and interested families. AIC has developed into the meeting point for experts from the caravanning and tourism industry serving for both national and international exchange of experience especially during the high-calibre expert programme. 

 “The atmosphere at the exhibition centre was great and we welcomed many families with kids especially on Saturday and Sunday. Attendance at AIC proves that caravanning is gaining increasing importance as a form of holidaymaking in Chinese society,” said Stefan Koschke, Global Head Caravanning & Outdoor.

An especially warm welcome was also given to 40 caravanning fans from Europe. The travel group from Germany, Switzerland and France was on tour for ten weeks, crossing nine countries and covering 16,137 kilometres over land. The route connected Düsseldorf with Beijing via the Silk Road. “We were lucky to experience a ten-week adventure with impressive routes through endless deserts, across massive mountain ranges and through electrifying metropolises. On the way we met with an enormous amount of friendly, helpful and warm-hearted people,” added Tour Manager Kostya Abert.

AIC is the most influential trade fair for the caravan and RV industry organised by professional trade fair companies in cooperation with the market leaders in the tourism sector and professional associations. The event is organised jointly by Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. and Messe Düsseldorf; the German Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure has accepted patronage for AIC 2017 as in previous years