20 March 2020
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German caravan industry association optimistic for the future of caravanning sector after the coronavirus crisis

With the coronavirus continuing to spread throughout Germany and the rest of the world, the Caravaning Industrie Verband (CIVD – the caravan industry association in Germany) has evaluated the most important questions concerning the impact of the pandemic on the caravanning sector, and does not expect the desire to buy a caravan or motorhome to be affected in the long term.

With the dynamic spread of the virus, the CIVD says it is currently difficult to tell what the effects of this will be on the caravanning sector; however, while this may cause some customers to postpone purchases in the short term, the CIVD says it expects holidays in a caravan or motorhome to survive the current crisis better than other types of holiday that use mass transportation which are currently experiencing considerable damage to their image.

Many consumers fulfill lifelong dreams of buying a motorhome or a caravan, which they may have planned and saved for many years to achieve. This may now be delayed, but the CIVD does not think that buyer considerations will be affected in the long term.

The CIVD is currently more concerned with how the industry can satisfy the interest in leisure vehicles while many dealers and manufacturers have had to postpone or cancel seasonal kick-off events and dealers are temporarily closed.

Strong sales at the start of the year resulted in healthy order books, but now almost all German and European manufacturers and suppliers have had to temporarily reduce or stop production. Nobody knows how long these closures will last for. The CIVD does not expect a return to normal operations before the end of April to be possible in most cases.

The CIVD says that, at the moment, the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf is still planning to go ahead (29.8.20 to 06.09.2020). Large events with more than 1,000 participants are currently banned in Düsseldorf until 22 April 2020, but the CIVD and the Messe Düsseldorf will monitor this situation.

In the meantime, the Federal Government in Germany is providing measures and funding instruments to support affected businesses. More details can be found here: http://: https://www.bundesfinanzministerium.de/Content/DE/Standardartikel/Themen/Oeffentliche_Finanzen/2020-03-13-Schutzschild-Beschaeftigte-Unternehmen.html

The CIVD has notes available on labour law for its members, and says that if an employee becomes sick, immediate action and close co-ordination with the local authorities are essential.

To ensure that the German economy does not come to a long-term standstill as a result of the major negative impact from the coronavirus pandemic, the CIVD believes the government must do all it can and introduce further suitable measures, besides those already introduced (for example reduced working hours, tax deferral and bridging loans), and do so as quickly and as unbureaucratically as possible.

The CIVD will continuously update the information available and publish it at: https://www.civd.de/en/artikel/implications-of-the-corona-crisis-for-the-industry/