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TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR THE UK’S LARGEST LEISURE VEHICLE SHOW

 

Tickets for the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017, to be held at Birmingham’s NEC from 17 to 22 October, are now available online at www. mcshow. co. uk and by phone on 0844 873 7333.

The UK’s largest leisure vehicle show features more than 700 motorhomes and caravans from major manufacturers, dealers and specialists alongside campervans and trailer tents. New products and range launches for the 2017/2018 season are displayed together with caravan holiday homes, lodges and every accessory needed for holidays and leisure time outdoors.

The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017 covers 11 halls of the NEC in Birmingham. New products are officially launched daily, and feature areas include new-for-2017 attractions; entertainment in the LIVE Theatre includes presentations and demonstrations from celebrities, adventurers and travel and industry experts. The Woodland Trust returns to the show, joining The Caravan and Motorhome Club and The Camping and Caravanning Club as official show partners. Black Horse Finance, the headline show sponsor, provides specialist support to caravan and motorhome owners looking for advice and finance options on their next leisure vehicle purchase.

Recognised as the industry’s launchpad for next year’s holiday season, the show attracts around 100,000 visitors, reflecting the UK’s buoyant market for both caravans and motorhomes. Jenny Summers, Group Marketing Director of The NCC commented: “The leisure vehicle industry enjoyed significant sales last year, with the trend continuing into 2017 and a bright outlook. The October show promises exciting launches from caravan and motorhome manufacturers and dealers, which continue to invest in new products for a strong market.”

Advance ticket prices* start from £8. 50, with children under 16 entering free.
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Here are a couple of images from last year's show to whet your appetite:-

 

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In 2016 much information was given out at the live theatre, where both celebrity guests and caravanning experts could be seen.

 

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Here is an over view of one of the halls during the 2016 show.

 

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Some of the side walkways became very full in 2016 but there were always more restful spots where you could take-five and relax in quieter surroundings.

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For immediate release: 09 August 2017

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Celebrity chefs cook up new ideas at the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017

 

Antonio Carluccio OBE heads the celebrity chef line-up at this year’s Motorhome and Caravan Show, joining other names from the world of TV cooking and fine dining in the LIVE Theatre. Demonstrating their favourite dishes and ideas, chefs give their tips while cooking live from new-for-2018 products officially launching each day of the show. The UK’s largest leisure vehicle event runs from 17 to 22 October 2017 at Birmingham’s NEC.

 

Italian Antonio Carluccio is a famed restaurateur, opening London’s Neal Street Restaurant in 1981, alongside a delicatessen in 1991 and the first Carluccio’s Caffé in 1998. Cookery writer, TV presenter and authority on food, Antonio’s motto is MOF MOF: Minimum Of Fuss, Maximum Of Flavour, and perfect for caravan and motorhome holiday cooking.

 

Joining Antonio on the show’s schedule is Lisa Faulkner: actress, presenter and food author. As a TV soap star, her first step into the world of cooking was as winner of Celebrity Masterchef 2010. Lisa has co-hosted shows including Channel 5’s Real Food Family Cook-Off and Channel 4 series What’s Cooking?, as well as regular appearances on ITV’s This Morning. Her passion for food, particularly cooking with children, has also been shared through her recipe books: Recipes From My Mother for My Daughter, The Way I Cook and Tea & Cake.

 

On opening day, 17 October is chef Ellis Barrie, this year’s north west winner of TV’s The Great British Menu, and proprietor along with his brother Liam of The Marram Grass restaurant at White Lodge Caravan Park in Anglesey. The brothers, who transformed the café on their parents’ caravan site will share favourite recipes along with their secrets of cooking on a campsite.

 

Chef Dean Edwards focuses on familiar, everyday ingredients as he creates his favourite food in the LIVE Theatre. Dean left behind his job as a digger driver in 2006 to pursue his love for cooking. Now, more than ten years on, Dean’s simple yet delicious dishes are featured regularly on ITV’s Lorraine and This Morning, as well as in his cookbooks Mincespiration! and Feel Good Family Food.

 

Head chef of Roux at Parliament Square, Steve Groves will swap his London kitchen for the LIVE Theatre. Joining Michel Roux Jr’s central London institution as Head Chef in 2013 after winning Masterchef: The Professionals in 2009, his impressive career includes Michelin-starred institutions Le Gavroche and The Ledbury.

 

Birmingham resident and Jamaican-native Rustie Lee brings her vibrant personality and Caribbean cooking talents to the stage. With a loyal following from her TV-AM appearances, roles on stage and screen, and books including her Caribbean Cookbook and Taste of the Caribbean, Rustie creates easy dishes to be enjoyed outdoors, celebrating the fun of cooking from a leisure vehicle.

 

The Motorhome and Caravan Show is the biggest launch event of its kind in the UK. As well as celebrity chef cooking demonstrations in the LIVE Theatre, industry experts share their inspirational tips on leisure vehicle ownership and holidays. With all the new-for-2018 motorhome and caravan models revealed, visitors can access over 700 leisure vehicles from leading manufacturers and dealers, and try their hand at caravan towing and motorhome manoeuvring. With features from the Woodland Trust and Guide Dogs for The Blind Association, the show is a perfect family day out with kids going free.

 

Tickets are on sale now for the UK’s largest leisure vehicle show from as little as £8. 50*. To buy show tickets or for more information visit the website or call 0844 873 7333.

 

Ellis Barrie appears on 17 October, Antonio Carluccio on 18 October, Rustie Lee on 19 October, Lisa Faulkner on 20 October, Dean Edwards on 21 October and Steve Groves on 22 October.

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For immediate release: 14 August 2017

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Caravan and motorhome sales on the up, with record ‘staycation’ figures as UK heads towards largest leisure vehicle show

 

Figures released by the National Caravan Council (the NCC), the event arm of which runs the UK’s largest leisure vehicle show, confirm the UK’s continuing enthusiasm for caravanning and motorhoming. Staycations and domestic trips in leisure vehicles are also on the rise.

 

The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017 heads to Birmingham’s NEC from 17th to 22nd October, where leisure vehicle manufacturers and dealers show their 2018 product ranges and around 100,000 visitors are attracted to the annual event.

 

According to the NCC, production of touring caravans was up 13. 7% in the first six months of 2017 compared to the same period last year, while motorhome registrations rose by 11. 3%.

 

Caravan holiday homes are also steadily increasing, with a 5. 6% growth in deliveries to holiday park locations between year start and end of June 2017 compared to 2016.

 

From January to April 2017, Britons took a record 14. 4 million domestic holidays, or ‘staycations’ within Great Britain: a figure up 3% over the same period last year.

 

VisitEngland reports that British residents took 44. 7 million holiday trips in England during 2016, up 2% over the previous year. Over 10. 2 million, or nearly one in four of these vacations, used caravans, motorhomes or camping as accommodation. Short breaks of one to three nights made up two thirds of all English holiday trips, with 29. 3 million taken in 2016.

 

VisitEngland’s figures also demonstrate that Brits are increasingly using caravans, motorhomes and camping as accommodation for other trips made, such as to sporting events or to visit relatives, contributing to a grand total of 11. 94 million trips taken in England during 2016: an increase of 2. 5% over 2015.

 

The Camping and Caravanning Club, formed in 1901, has grown to a record membership of 300,000 households this year. With over 100 UK sites, pitch night sales have risen 9% year to date compared with 2016. The club puts the increase in caravanning, motorhoming and staycations down to warmer British summers, lower fuel prices and a wider range of camping options such as glamping.

 

The Caravan and Motorhome Club’s membership continues to grow as it invests in new and existing sites in the UK and enhances its offering in Europe. Overall bookings for the 2017 summer are up 2. 2% on last year and motorhome bookings are up 8%. The club has also witnessed a 5% increase in family bookings.

 

“We see a consistently strong market for leisure vehicles, and their continuing appeal as accommodation on a wide range of trips away in both the UK and abroad,” says Jenny Summers, Group Marketing Director for the NCC. “The European tourer and motorhome industry is providing innovative and stylish products at competitive prices, with products such as campervan conversions appealing to a younger market. These figures also endorse the popularity of staycations in the UK."

 

The Motorhome and Caravan Show is the biggest launch event of its kind in the UK, with all the new-for-2018 motorhome and caravan models revealed. Visitors can access over 700 leisure vehicles from leading manufacturers and dealers and try their hand at caravan towing and motorhome manoeuvring. Celebrity chefs cook from newly-launched leisure vehicles in the live theatre and industry experts share their tips on leisure vehicle ownership and holidays. With attractions for all the family, children enter free.

 

Tickets are on sale now for the UK’s largest leisure vehicle show from as little as £8. 50*. Visit www. mcshow. co. uk or call 0844 873 7333.

 

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For immediate release: 22 August 2017
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Caravans you won’t see on the road this August bank holiday: Airstream officially relaunches in UK

The iconic American Airstream brand will officially relaunch in the UK at October’s Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017, the UK’s largest leisure vehicle show.

After a couple of years’ absence, Airstream returns with the appointment of a new UK distributor. Three new models for the UK include the flagship four-berth Colorado retailing at £99,195. 00, as well as the smaller Yukon and Missouri models. The unmistakeably aerodynamic, silver-bullet Airstream shape is handcrafted with a buck-riveted aluminium bodyshell over a ribbed frame, with visible aluminium inside as well as out. A UK specification includes leather upholstery as standard, Corian worktops, hand-crafted cabinets, central heating and LED lighting throughout.

Manufactured since the 1930s, 70% of Airstreams made are still in use around the world, with celebrity owners including Brad Pitt, Colin Farrell, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey.

Touring and holiday parks are gearing up for the busy August bank holiday: the industry contributes an estimated £6 billion to the UK economy*. It is estimated that almost £2 billion was spent on caravan holidays across Great Britain in 2016, with over 50 million nights spent in caravans each year. The industry employs some 130,000 people and there are over 1. 7 million caravaners and motorhomers in the UK. An estimated 555,000 touring caravans, 205,000 motorhomes and over 300,000 caravan holiday homes are in use in the UK.

The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017 runs from 17 to 22 October at Birmingham’s NEC. The launchpad for new 2018 products, over 700 vehicles are displayed including motorhomes, tourers, campervans, caravan holiday homes and residential park homes. New models are launched daily from manufacturers such as Swift - the appointed Airstream importer - Bailey, Hymer, Auto-Trail, Hillside Leisure and Opus. With cooking a theme of this year’s event, celebrity chefs including Antonio Carluccio, Lisa Faulkner and Steve Groves give demonstrations from new vehicles in the show’s LIVE Theatre.

Tickets are on sale now for the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017, and start from as little as £8. 50**. Children 15 and under enter free. Visit www. mcshow. co. uk or call 0844 873 7333.

 

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All the new 2018 models under one roof at the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017

The Motorhome and Caravan Show returns to Birmingham’s NEC from 17 to 22 October showcasing all the new-for-2018 products from manufacturers and dealers.

 

Launching live

 

The UK’s largest leisure vehicle show sees new models launch daily in the LIVE Theatre, with celebrity chefs cooking live from the kitchens of new products. Swift kicks off the presentations on 17 October with the UK relaunch of the iconic American Airstream. Auto-Trail takes centre stage on 18 October with its new Tracker LB in the LIVE Theatre, as well as showing the new V-line Sports pack on its four V-line models and the new Imala 732 on its stand.

 

Hymer will launch a new model live on 19 October from its latest ranges including the Exsis-i, Exsis-t, B SupremeLine and 60-year jubilee models. Bailey will reveal one of its latest additions to the newly revamped Unicorn line-up on 20 October, all boasting light and spacious interiors with longer seats, longer beds and an increased kitchen work surface.

 

On 21 October, Hillside Leisure presents its new model, based on the VW Crafter launched earlier this year. Wrapping up the LIVE Theatre launches on 22 October is Opus with its latest self-inflating camper for 2018. Air Opus converts from a compact trailer to a six-berth camper in less than two minutes and all at the touch of a button.

 

Caravans

 

The ever-popular Action caravan from Adria makes its official UK return, featuring a new contemporary interior design and enough space to provide comfortable accommodation for up to three people. The refurbished Alpina Missouri and Adora models are also displayed. Coachman’s new season portfolio features the eagerly awaited VIP with innovative enhancements and a new body shell.

 

Elddis brings together 41 products from across the Buccaneer, Compass and Elddis ranges as well as launching its 2018 season Xplore range of touring caravans. Lunar shows two new models featuring the twin-axle four-berth Lexon 660 and the four-berth Delta TR tourer, and on display for the first time is the Alaria 8ft-wide bodyshell with a new TR layout. Freedom Caravans brings its redesigned range for 2018, including the entry-level Microlite Bijoux and the Jetstream Twin FLARE.

 

Motorhomes

 

The Elddis Encore 2018 range launches at the show and Trigano displays its Chausson 2018 for the very first time. Adria shows its all-new, low-profile Coral motorhome range while Bailey presents its latest models from the Approach Advance and Autograph lines. Dethleffs showcases new designs and layouts across the A-Class Low Profile and Coachbuilt models, with the addition of the larger-layout Coachbuilt A 7877-2.

 

Rapido brings its latest models, with Roller Team displaying the Pegaso 740 A-Class: the first European A-Class sold in the UK with entrance and layout in right-hand drive format. Swift’s five motorhome ranges include the Bessacarr redesigned for 2018 and Lunar makes a UK debut with the brand new Cassini collection, offering value for money motorhomes with style and a comprehensive specification.

 

Campervans

 

Autohaus will display its two new 2018 campervans, the Ashton 94’ and the Kingston. Bilbo’s launches a special anniversary addition of the Celex in both long and short wheelbase and Greenline Leisure Vehicles makes a show debut, launching the four-berth version of the 500RG. Rolling Homes launches a new campervan based on the new Mercedes-Benz Vito. Vantage shows a special limited edition on a Fiat Ducato, while Weinsberg debuts the Carabus 601DQ. Lunar will launch an innovative new van conversion as well as show its Mercedes-Benz-based Landstar and the Roadstar range.

 

Holiday homes and lodges

 

Wessex showcases two new 2018 models including the Allure luxury lodge, designed to provide the perfect family retreat, along with the Dorset park home. Swift presents the Whistler Lodge and Biarritz Lodge as well as the S-Pod and S-Pod 4. The extensive range of Swift holiday homes includes the Bordeaux, Bordeaux Escape, Antibes and Atlantique. Omar displays the Accent park home and all-new Atrium luxury lodge. Also exhibiting their latest holiday homes and lodges are Allens and Tingdene.

 

And more

 

Motorhome and caravan dealers display their special editions and latest ranges at the October show. An extensive range of awnings is offered from leading names such as Glossop Awnings, Dorema, Oase Outdoors, Trigano, Kampa and Isabella. With information on sites across France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and other locations, visitors can discover new destinations and find holiday inspiration for their next leisure vehicle adventure.

The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017 is October’s destination for new 2018 products with over 700 leisure vehicles on display. Tickets are on sale now and start from as little as £8. 50*. Children 15 and under enter free. Visit www. mcshow. co. uk or call 0844 873 7333.

 

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Campervans celebrated at the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017

 

Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards officially opens the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017 at Birmingham’s NEC on 17 October. Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards, who represented Great Britain in ski jumping during the 1988 Winter Olympics should feel at home: while no skiing is expected, the UK’s largest leisure vehicle show includes a display of iconic VW campervans. A VW camper conversion, bought for him by his father, was Eddie’s transport and bed for thousands of miles across Europe during his ski-jumping career.

 

“I’m really looking forward to opening the show,” says Eddie. “I travelled over 50,000 miles in my beige VW caravanette. It wasn’t super-fast, but I got there. It had an extendable roof and boiling my kettle on the stove helped me keep warm in the mountains at minus 20 degrees!”

 

The VW campervan line-up includes three decades of models from the 1950s onwards, including T1 ‘split screens’, T2 ‘bays’, T3s (commonly known as T25s in the UK) and also a rare example of a right hand-drive T4 Westfalia. The classic campervans contrast with over 700 current leisure vehicles on display at October’s six-day event. Manufacturers and dealers launch their new motorhomes, caravans, campervans and holiday park homes for the 2018 season.

 

The T1 with its split-screen windscreen, loved for its friendly ‘van with a face’ image, was manufactured from 1950 to 1967, with its air-cooled engine outputting just 25bhp: around half the power of a 50cc moped. In the 1950s camper conversions were designated as commercial vehicles with a speed restriction of 30mph; this was successfully challenged in court in 1956 and campers were reclassified as private vehicles.

 

The T1 ‘bus’ was introduced in a right hand-drive version in the UK in 1954. One of the first campervan converters, Devon Conversions, launched its Caravette in 1956, selling 56 in 1957. Costing £897. 10 shillings, even a full crockery and cutlery set was included. By 1958 Westfalia had produced 1,000 campers and by 1973 was turning out 30,000 units a year. The first toilets were introduced as an option by Westfalia in 1958: a galvanised bucket with wooden seat and lid.

 

By 1963 a 1,500cc engine was available and in 1968 the T2 went into production with its single piece ‘bay’ windscreen. In 1979 the ‘bay’ made way for the T3 (T25) model until the front-engined, water-cooled T4 model arrived in 1980.

 

Though often stereotyped as ‘hippy buses’, VW campers sold in the sixties were often owned by families wanting cheap holidays. The first psychedelic-painted bus was a work of art bringing together astral and ancient symbols and snapped in a 1969 photo at Woodstock, New York.

 

More recent owners of classic campers include Martin Clunes, Jamie Oliver, Vic Reeves and Jensen Button, with an original T1 campervan conversion potentially worth upwards of £30,000 today. This year, a restored T2 VW camper sold at auction in the USA for $302,500.

 

The versatile body of the VW ‘bus’ always lent itself to modifications from ambulances to ice-cream vans as well as the much-loved camper, with companies such as Westfalia, Danbury and Hillside Leisure still converting VW camper vans today.

 

Eddie the Eagle joins a line-up of celebrity chefs who will cook from the kitchens of newly-launched leisure vehicles in the LIVE Theatre at the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017, which runs from 17 to 22 October. Attracting around 100,000 visitors, the UK’s largest leisure vehicle show is the launchpad for all the new-for-2018 models. Tickets are on sale now from as little as £8. 50*. To buy tickets or for more information visit the www. mcshow. co. uk or call 0844 873 7333. Children 15 and under enter free.

 

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For immediate release: 17 October 2017

Celebrities and thousands of visitors head to opening day at the Motorhome and Caravan Show

Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards was joined by radio food critic Nigel Barden and TV presenter Matt Allwright as he officially opened the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017 at Birmingham’s NEC.

With visitor numbers up 16% on last year, the event’s success reflects the industry’s continued growth. Figures released by the NCC* revealed a 13.7% increase in touring caravan production as well as an 11.3% rise in motorhome registrations year on year to end of June 2017.

The six-day, family-friendly event that covers 11 halls of the NEC with 750 vehicles on display, runs until Sunday 22 October, offering visitors an entertaining line-up of celebrity chefs, industry experts and fun-filled activities.

The iconic Airstream was the first of a number of launches in the show’s LIVE Theatre. Making its official return to the UK, the American classic was unveiled by new UK distributor Swift.

Chef Ellis Barrie, direct from filming a Countryfile episode that broadcasts later this autumn, cooked from inside the Airstream on stage, sharing his favourite recipes with the audience.

Campervan enthusiasts visited the exclusive-for-2017, ‘VW through the ages’ campervan feature, bringing together three decades of models from the 1950s onwards, including T1 ‘split screens’, T2 ‘bays’, T3s (commonly known as T25s in the UK) and a rare example of a right hand-drive T4 Westfalia.

Showcasing the latest models from the UK and Europe’s top manufacturers and dealers, the event offers visitors a first look at new-for-2018 motorhomes, caravans, campervans and caravan holiday homes as well as expert advice and trip inspiration.

Other celebrity guests scheduled to appear include chefs Antonio Carluccio, Rustie Lee, Candice Brown, Dean Edwards and Steve Groves along with an array of industry experts.

Product launches from top industry names such as Auto-Trail, Hymer, Bailey, Hillside Leisure and Opus take place daily in the LIVE Theatre.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.mcshow.co.uk, by phone on 0844 873 7333 or bought on the door from £12.00^. Children 15 and under enter free.

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For immediate release: 25 October 2017

A record breaking show for the UK’s largest leisure vehicle event

101,583 visitors attended the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017, the highest attendance figure since the show began

The show, held from 17 to 22 October covered 11 halls of Birmingham’s NEC

It was a huge success with many exhibitors reporting record sales

The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017, which is held by NCC Events, the exhibition arm of The NCC (National Caravan Council), showcased 750 leisure vehicles over 11 halls of Birmingham’s NEC throughout six days from 17 to 22 October.

Total attendance soared higher than ever before, with a record total of 101,583 guests visiting the show. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were record-breaking days, with 13,779 attending on Wednesday compared to last year’s figure of 13,390. 13,899 visited on Thursday, a 9.3% increase on last year and 14,934 on Friday, which is 930 visitors up on 2016.

The UK’s largest leisure vehicle event showcased new-for-2018 caravans, motorhomes, campervans, caravan holiday homes as well as all the latest leisure vehicle accessories. Leading manufacturers and dealers reported higher-than-expected sales and remarked that the general feel of the show was one of the most positive they’ve experienced. Below is what they had to report, along with comments from the two consumer clubs: Caravan and Motorhome Club and The Camping and Caravanning Club.

UK Sales Director, Lee Roberts of Lunar Caravans reiterated the success of the show and stated "This year we revealed our 8ft-wide Alaria caravan range and our new coachbuilt motorhome called Cassini. We were overwhelmed with their retail success.”

Coachman Caravans also reported higher-than-expected sales with Marketing Manager Jackie Shipley commenting: “We are delighted with the results from the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017, with sales exceeding expectations.”

Operations Director of Raymond James Caravans, Bill Chilver stated: “We’ve had an excellent result. We targeted a marginal growth on last year and it’s been such a good show so we’re well within reach of achieving it for 2017. The general feel of the show has been fantastic all the way through.”

The show proved successful for exhibitors across all sections, with Steve Biggs, Director of Isabella Awnings reporting: “It’s been a great show, sales are up on all products including the launch of the new Ventura Air.”

“We had an excellent show with Morelo achieving sales from the entry level Home right up to the Palace Liner” said Mike Herzberg, Commercial Director of Premium Motorhomes.

Leigh Mcara, Marketing and Media Manager of Hillside Leisure commented “We had a fantastic show with record numbers on the stand showing interest especially in our new models the VW Crafter based Heatherton and the Birchover Startline on the VW T6. The LIVE Theatre product launch was well received and the live cooking demonstration with Dean Edwards provided the perfect opportunity to showcase the possibilities when it comes to cooking in a campervan.”

Industry clubs also reported show success with Andrew Robson of The Camping and Caravanning Club reporting an 11% increase in member recruits.

Harvey Alexander, Director of Marketing at the Caravan and Motorhome Club commented: “The Club has had a great week at the Motorhome and Caravan Show. Club Day on Tuesday with Matt Allwright hosting forums for Club members and show visitors was a great success and there has been huge demand for our caravan and motorhome manoeuvring sessions. We also launched a series of ground-breaking member offers, including a fuel discount card. We want to inspire and enable people to have great adventures when they are on holiday and build lasting memories with friends and family.”

“It was wonderful to welcome new visitors to the show with initiatives such as Freedom To Go. We are now reaching those who haven’t yet explored the option of leisure vehicle holidays and are inspiring them to do so.” said Jenny Summers, Group Marketing Director of the NCC.

The show comes after the NCC released statistics confirming the growth of the UK leisure vehicle and staycation industry. Production of touring caravans was up 13.7% in the first six months of 2017 compared to the same period last year, while motorhome registrations rose by 11.3%. Caravan holiday homes are also steadily increasing, with a 5.6% growth in deliveries to holiday park locations between year start and end of June 2017 compared to 2016.

The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2018 will run from 16 to 21 October 2018. 

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