12 May 2020
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Germany's CIVD welcomes decision to allow caravan tourism again in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia

The Caravaning Industry Association (CIVD) in Germany welcomes the decision of Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia to allow caravanning tourism again following the restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It says that individual holidays with self-sufficient caravans and motorhomes are safer during these times than any other form of holiday in these times.

In recent weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has made business tough for the caravanning industry in Germany with motorhome and caravan manufacturers’ factories stood still and specialist retailers no longer allowed to sell or rent leisure vehicles, plus a ban on tourist travel caused camping and motorhome parking spaces to remain empty.

“After the production of motorhomes and caravans has started again and the trade and the landlords feel an increasing demand for recreational vehicles, it is time that the campsites and parking spaces nationwide are allowed to open again”, demands Daniel Onggowinarso, managing director of the industry association.

The CIVD therefore expressly welcomes the decision of Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia as the first federal states to allow holidays with motorhomes and caravans again.

The industry association also supports the fact that other federal states with concrete, multi-stage plans have already joined the new start in tourism by the end of May.

Industry director Onggowinarso explains why caravanning tourism, in particular, can and should be made possible again: “Caravanning is a form of vacation that is, in the current situation, particularly safe because you travel individually per se and only with people from your own household and with your own cooking and sanitary facilities as at home and therefore largely self-sufficient ”.

In addition, the CIVD has developed a corona protection concept with competent partners such as the German Tourism Association (DTV), which can be implemented on many campsites and parking spaces.

“Curbing the pandemic and protecting the health of vacationers remain a top priority. Our recommendations for action show that caravanning holidays and protection against infection are not mutually exclusive, but go hand in hand, ”explains Onggowinarso.

Retailers have felt increasing interest in the caravan and motorhome type of vacation since reopening two weeks ago.

“There is a demand for new and used motorhomes and caravans and rental vehicles, but most customers ask the same simple question, ‘Where can we go?'”, Reports Oliver Waidelich, Managing Director of the German Caravaning Trade Association (DCHV).

It is essential for the industry that camping and motorhome parking spaces can welcome campers again in May, since the start of the camping season at Easter fell victim to the Corona virus. It is all the more important that the important Pentecost business is not lost. The new start would also give an important impetus to the currently badly hit German economy, because contrary to old clichés, scientific studies show that motorhomes and caravans are particularly wealthy and willing to consume. Not only camping and pitch operators benefit from their consumption of around 14 billion euros annually in Germany alone, but also retail, gastronomy and a wide range of sports, leisure and entertainment offers – in particular, industries and businesses that operate under the Corona -Pandemic suffer particularly.