Satisfaction all round at CMT that 'exceeded all expectations'

After what seemed like a lifetime of empty hallways at the Stuttgart Messe, one of its most successful and popular shows, CMT, returned with a bang in 2023. The month of January just doesn’t seem like January in the German city without thousands of industry professionals and end users in the caravanning and camping world descending on the city. And they did so in style with the return of the show this year – 265,000 people kind of style.

“Our expectations were greatly exceeded,” said Roland Bleinroth, president of Messe Stuttgart. “We welcomed 265,000 visitors to the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre. Our exhibitors were also very satisfied: the visitors not only looked at and compared the offerings, [but] they also made purchases and placed orders. This CMT is one of the best we have ever experienced.”

While the show encompasses holidaying and tourism of all kinds – in fact this year it featured specific areas for golf, cycling and other outdoor pursuits – caravanning and motorhoming will always be at its heart. And that heart was beating stronger than ever in 2023.

“The visitors here did not just include people wanting to look at the exhibits, but also those with a genuine interest,” explained a delighted Hermann Pfaff, president of the German Caravanning Industry Association (CIVD).

“CMT is also an important indicator for the caravanning industry at the start of the new season. Our presence went down very well with the visitors, it was a successful start to the new year!”

Matthias Euch, a member of the Executive Committee of the German Caravan Trade Association (DCHV), concurred: “It was fantastic to see how many visitors were here, we had an incredible number of initial contacts. The suppliers were delighted with the great interest shown in all areas of caravanning, in all vehicle categories and in the after-sales segment – and were able to conclude some excellent deals. We also welcomed the product innovations and digital solutions which are becoming increasingly better and making business easier.”