A flying start to the new year05.11.2018 - 15:54
Full steam into the new year: In its over 50-year history, CMT has established itself as the biggest exhibition of novelties at the start of the year well beyond Germany's borders. In order to live up to this reputation also at the upcoming CMT (12 – 20 January 2019), the trade fair team has thought up some new ideas: "We will make good things even better, and at the same time establish new offers," says CMT team leader Alexander Ege outlining the 2019 event.
Camping bus area to be extended
On the occasion of its 50th anniversary in 2018, CMT for the first time occupied all ten halls of the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre, thus increasing its exhibition space to 120,000 square metres. The hall arrangements selected then will be retained, the individual offer profiles will be further refined. Adjacent to the Messepiazza and the East Entrance, the theme of "Camping and Caravaning" will be located in the following halls:
• L-Bank Forum (Hall 1): In this hall, the volume manufacturers will showcase their new products. In the gallery, presentations will concentrate primarily on the themes of "Caravaning" and "Mobility on holiday".
• Hall 2: Knaus Tabbert will show the innovations from the various markets here.
• Hall 3: Here, manufacturers from the premium segment, as well as additional volume manufacturers, will present themselves.
• Hall 5: Here, trade fair visitors will find hobby vehicles and more volume manufacturers.
• Hall 7: This hall is the meeting point for all camping bus and van fans.
• Hall 9: Here the visitors will find the complete range of accessories, as well as attractive camping site offers. This year's partner region Carinthia (Austria) will also prominently present itself here.
• Paul Horn Hall (Hall 10): Here, from Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 January, the new Holiday Homes area will present itself parallel to Golf- & WellnessReisen (Golf & Wellness Holidays).
On the gallery of the L-Bank Forum (Hall 1) and in Hall 5, visitors will also find a greatly expanded selection of offroad and expedition vehicles. Appropriately, there will be a good dozen exhibitors specialising in roof tents and folding tent trailers.
In Hall 7 there will be an enlarged camping bus area. Ege: "Around 20 firms will be showing their offers on the theme of "van life". This includes above all individual constructors and providers of modular systems." With these systems, conventional cars and buses can be retrofitted and converted to camping vehicles.
Largest accessories trade in Germany
In any case, retrofitting is one of the main themes at CMT: "The theme of connectivity concerns not only the caravan manufacturers, but also the accessories industry," explains Ege. Retrofit multimedia offers from major companies such as Alpine, Blaupunkt, Kenwood and Pioneer will be an important part of the offer in the accessories section in Hall 9.
On an area of 10,000 square metres, the largest accessories trade in Germany is a regular feature of CMT. There are also more accessories in the Rothauspark, the park between the trade fair halls. "At the last CMT, for the first time we presented a wide-ranging tent offer under real outdoor conditions. It was so well received by exhibitors and visitors that we have now increased the area for this year, and Kampa will present itself between the halls on an area of 500 metres," says Ege.
New feature: Holiday Homes
The Holiday Homes area will be celebrating its première. On the second CMT weekend (17 – 20 January), parallel to Golf- & WellnessReisen, mobile homes, tiny houses and sauna barrels will be on show on 2,500 square metres in the Paul Horn Hall (Hall 10). "The demand for alternative and unusual accommodations has increased continuously in recent years. There is no end to this development in sight, says Ege of the current market situation. The offer is mainly targeted at camping site operators, tourism professionals and hotels looking for new offers.
The Motorhome Parking Summit is also aimed at a similar public. As the worlds largest trade fair for tourism and leisure, for many years CMT has been advocating greater links between the themes of tourism and caravaning. A central component here is the Motorhome Parking Summit.
On Monday, 14 January, from 15.00, tourism professionals and destination managers, camping site operators and municipal decision-makers will come together in the Congress Centre West to obtain information on the creation of motorhome parking sites. Also taking part this year: Dirk Dunkelberg, Deputy Director of the German Tourist Association (DTV).
He will present the DTV planning aid for setting up parking sites. The event will be supported by an accompanying exhibition in which planning agencies and accessory manufacturers on location will assist interested municipalities and providers.
Travel and infrastructure
Thanks to its location directly between the airport and the motorway, the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre enjoys perfect transport connections: The A8 motorway, Stuttgart Airport and the S-Bahn suburban rail system directly outside the front door ensure that travel is pleasant and short. Owners of caravans and motorhomes have also been catered for. The trade fair grounds contain several hundred parking spaces offering a power connection, waste disposal and a disposal station for chemical toilets. On account of the continuing great demand, the parking capacity at and around the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre will again be significantly expanded for CMT 2019.