Visitor numbers hit the highest ever recorded for the 2023 edition of the Motorhome & Caravan Show, indicating that interest in on-the-road holidays isn’t slowing down – with manufacturers recording strong sales and using the Show as a platform to showcase concept vehicles that will help define the future of the leisure vehicle lifestyle
A sell-out weekend wrapped up a record-breaking Motorhome & Caravan Show (17-22nd October), with 106,131 visitors flocking to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham across six days, proving that public interest in the Leisure Vehicle lifestyle shows no sign of slowing down.
Despite a difficult economic backdrop, the Show’s attendance and sales figures confirmed that the UK’s Leisure Vehicle sector continues to soar.
The UK’s largest display of Leisure Vehicles was met by keen buyers and holiday-makers from across the country, looking to invest in the new-for-2024 models from the UK and Europe’s leading manufacturers and dealers.
With the industry’s leading manufacturers, dealers and experts all under one roof, presenting an unrivalled display of campervans, motorhomes, caravans and accessories, many exhibitors including Bailey of Bristol, Coachman, Swift, Erwin Hymer Group UK, Hillside, Chausson, Carthago and Malibu, have praised the success of the Show, both in terms of record sales and visitor numbers.
Some manufacturers used the Show as a platform to launch completely new model ranges to the UK public as well as showcasing innovative concept vehicles of what motor-holiday adventures could look like in the future.
The Show’s signature Inspiration Theatre proved appealing to visitors, with featured talks and Q&As from some of the UK’s most popular TV personalities.
Household names Joe Swash, Jenny Powell, Josie Gibson, Kwoklyn Wan, Jeff Brazier, Jim Moir and Nancy Sorrell shared their stories and tales of touring and exploring to the large crowds who attended the Show in droves.
Providing a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to hit the road and quench their thirst for adventure, Ask the Expert Sessions offered practical and technical advice on Leisure Vehicle ownership and the leading Clubs saw fantastic numbers of new member sign-ups.
Many of the Show’s 400 exhibitors are already gearing-up to return to the NEC for 2024.
Karen Dodd, Marketing Director at NCC Events said: “We couldn’t be happier with the results of this year’s Show. We’d like to thank our exhibitors, partners and sponsors for the effort and investment they made presenting their products, new model ranges and innovative concept vehicles to visitors – the whole show looked fantastic.
“We’d also like to thank our visitors, who despite tough market conditions and storm Babet, attended the Show from across the country to explore all that’s on offer and buy vehicles and products for their coming adventures.
“The show continues to be the UK’s leading event for those who love touring and exploring the great outdoors in leisure vehicles, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back next year.”
For those who may have missed out, tickets for the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show (13 – 18 February 2024) are now on sale.
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