Spring Caravan and Camping Show, Birmingham NEC
Although a Birmingham Show has been around since the 1970's, the Spring Caravan and Camping Show at the Birmingham NEC was announced by its new organisers the NCC (National Caravan Council) as a brand new show! Last year (as Shield caravan insurance customers may recall), the Show was held in London (at Excel) with very mixed reactions.
For 2013, the Show came back to the NEC and was a big success too - as over 80,000 visitors flocked to the Show over its six day period. With touring caravans, motorhomes, holiday homes, park homes, tents, folding campers, trailer tents and pop-tops, the Show had lots to offer those in the market for a new leisure vehicle.
The new Spring Show was hailed as a success with plenty to see over six days. Well spaced stands made viewing easy for visitors.
Several celebrities were at the Show, including Matt Baker and Kate Humble to name a few. Caravan park operators were also present, along with site operators from Europe.
Motorhomes graced all the halls along with tourers (with new models shown from Bailey and the Swift Group that had already been aired at the previous Scottish and Manchester Shows). As ever, a large selection of dealer specials were available - some not seen in Scotland, or in Manchester. Broadlane Caravans Fairways and Broadways were proving as popular as ever amongst buyers. Other exhibitor specials attracting attention (and sales) were Wandahomes at South Cave, with their Ace range of tourers - based on the successful Sprite range.
Luxury caravan maker, Vanmaster were there. Whilst on the Swift Group stand, Swift were seeking feedback to their "Concept" tourer.
Other dealers with specials included Glossop's, Kimberley Caravans, Campbell's, and Marquis. For those in the market for such a model the NEC show provided excellent choices.
Swift had a large display of all its tourer ranges, motorhomes and holiday homes. With sales particularly good on the Sprite models (actually all across the Swift tourer ranges interest was high, with good sales being made). Swift also had on its stand the new "concept" Swift design based on an Eccles / Swift SE range. Swift designers were at hand to hear comments on the new look model, with its modern interior and bold side graphics. In the coming weeks, look out for a special Shield report on this touring caravan model by caravan expert, Andrew Jenkinson.
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