Over a quarter of a million people visited the CMT 2019 in Stuttgart, which it claims makes it the largest consumer show for tourism and leisure. According to the caravan industry representatives, Stuttgart confirmed its function as a barometer for the mobile home and caravan industry.
Words Andrea Cattaneo
With over 1,000 leisure vehicles on show, exhibitors from the caravan industry say the CMT was a great success for them. Holger W. Siebert, Vice President of the German Caravanning Industry Association (CIVD) was proud that the importance of caravanning at CMT was increasing, and said: “CMT once again proved to be a successful exhibition.” Oliver Waidelich, Managing Director of the German Caravan Trade Association (DCHV), said he was equally optimistic: “Dealers started the new season at CMT with confidence. This was confirmed by the reception on the exhibition stands. Visitors were very interested in leisure vehicles. Holidays are becoming ever shorter, but instead more frequent – and mobile homes are ideal for this form of travel. We assume that demand will also remain high in future.” The motor home parking area and the additional parking spaces at the “CMT Motel” were also greatly appreciated by exhibitors and visitors alike with 7,000 overnight stays recorded during the show, with more than 3,500 vehicles. The exhibitors, visitors and journalists who parked their vehicles here had travelled from all over Germany and from 14 European countries. Gerd Adamietzki, Managing Director, Knaus Tabbert said: “CMT 2019 was again a very successful start to the season for Knaus Tabbert GmbH. We are extremely satisfied with the outcome of the exhibition. This event in Stuttgart is always an important industry and mood barometer for our company and confirms our strategy of always focusing on customer benefits. The good exhibition location of Stuttgart itself, the large number of visitors, short distances and first-class organisation enable us to offer customers optimum service here.” Bernd Wuschack, Managing Director, Carthago Group: “CMT provided the perfect start to our anniversary year – 40 years of Carthago and Malibu. Visitors expressed a great deal of interest, which corresponded to the same high level as that in 2018. Our flagship, the Carthago liner-for-two, became a real hit. We were also very busy on our Malibu stand during the nine days of the exhibition. The Malibu Van Charming GT proved very popular while the wide range of Malibu mobile homes in Hall 5 also attracted large crowds. We are therefore going home satisfied and are looking forward to the start of the spring season.“ Christian Reisch, Managing Director, Alde Deutschland said: “Caravanning is generally more popular than ten years ago. We determined that the caravanning section is also continuously becoming more important at CMT. A large number of customers obtained their information here prior to making a purchase. This applies to all brands. Our presentation concept proved to be a total success. We were extremely satisfied with the outcome and organisation of the exhibition which was also superbly publicised!“ CMT 2020 will take place in Stuttgart from 11 to 19 January 2020.