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The Nec Motorhome And Caravan Show - October 2016

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It is almost that time again so just to whet your appetite if anyone is thinking about the Motorhome and Caravan Show that will run from 11th to 16th October 2016 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, here are a few of the celebrities that should be attending this year.




Bradley Wiggins

Opening the Show on Tuesday 11th October, courtesy of Swift will be Bradley Wiggins our very own Olympic cycling champion.



Matt Allwright

Tuesday is also The Caravan Club day with Matt Allwright on their stand sharing his experiences of his touring holidays and hosting a series of informative forums for The Club Stand.



Andy Torbet

The TV Presenter, extreme outdoor adventurer and author, Andy Torbet talks, on Thursday 13th October, of taking a Wellhouse Ford Terrier M-Sport campervan, all over the UK and mainland Europe.



George Clarke

Architect and TV presenter George Clarke will be attending the show on Friday 14th October, sharing his inspirational ideas on how to make the most of your Amazing Spaces.



David Domoney

TV's green fingered man David Domoney will be sharing some top tips on making the most out of your garden on Saturday 15th October.


Please note the celebrity lineup may be subject to last minute change.

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We have received this press release following the October 2016 NEC Motorhome and Caravan Show.

The UK’s largest leisure vehicle event continues to grow.
Almost 100,000 visitors attended the Motorhome & Caravan Show 2016
The show, held from 11-16 October, took over 11 halls of Birmingham’s NEC
It was a huge success with leading manufacturers reporting record sales
The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2016, held by NCC Events, the exhibition arm of the NCC (National Caravan Council), showcased more than 400 exhibitors covering 82,191 square meters of floor space at Birmingham’s NEC. Total attendance at this year’s show was up 5% over 2015* and 27,546 visitors attended on the Saturday alone, smashing any previous single-day attendance record for the Motorhome and Caravan Show.
The UK’s largest leisure vehicle event showcases the latest product offering from touring caravan, motorhome and caravan holiday home manufacturers and enables visitors to get up close to their new-for-2017 models. Many visitors took advantage of their show-only prices, with Rob Quine, Managing Director of Elddis, commenting, “Visitors have done their research and know what they are looking for. With only two key UK shows a year they understand now is the time to confirm their purchase plans for the 2017 season.”
Swift Group surpassed all their expectations at this year’s Motorhome and Caravan Show with their best ever performance on touring caravans and the third best on motorhomes, with sales from the show projected to exceed £35m.
Sales soared for other exhibitors too, with Lee Roberts, Sales Director of Lunar Caravans, confirming a 23% increase in sales over the first three days compared to the same period of 2015’s show. “We had a record show last year by a long way and we hoped we would match that, but our figures are up,” said Roberts.
Slavica Sterk, Managing Director of Adria, was also very pleased with how the show went. “It has been our most successful show since the recession and we’re currently enjoying our best sales season ever.”
At the show, Bailey of Bristol launched its latest generation of Autograph motorhomes and the company noted a shift in customer demographics with Simon Howard, Marketing Director, commenting “Traditional, mature clients might be purchasing with pension windfalls but more families are also buying into the idea of motorhomes.”
Another exhibitor, Hymer, also believe that the stereotypical idea of what a classic caravanner looks like is changing and are adjusting their offering to reflect this. Alongside its traditional high-end motorhomes, Hymer showed its Eribarange of ‘cult caravans’ and Hymercar conversions based on a Mercedes-Benz van that, says Hymer motorhomes’ UK brand manager Lee Thornton, “also appeals to a younger leisure buyer, who is in to outdoor sports. Families and individuals also see a van conversion working as a second vehicle on their driveway.”
The success of the Motorhome and Caravan Show reflects the positive trends evident within the leisure vehicle industry, with motorhome sales up by 15% at the half year point**. Over 130,000 jobs are provided by the industry that contributes in excess of £6 billion to the UK economy through the value of holidays, vehicles sales and associated supplies and services. There are over a million leisure vehicles in use in the UK, supporting some 4,000 holiday and touring parks^.
“The 2016 Motorhome and Caravan Show was a strong event, in terms of both quality footfall and visitor numbers.” said Jenny Summers, Group Marketing Director of the NCC. “We’ve had great feedback from visitors and exhibitors alike and are looking forward to coming back to the NEC again next year.”
The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017 will be held from 17-22 October 2017.

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