Despite the success of the 2012 Motorhome, Camping and Caravanning Show held at the ExCel Arena in London, organisers of the event are looking for a different venue for next year’s show.
In a surprise move the National Caravan Council, who organised the 2012 event through their NCC Events company, have cancelled their tenancy agreement with the exhibition’s space providers even though last year’s show appeared to be so successful, attracting well over 40,000 visitors and providing motorhome insurance companies with plenty of business. It seems the main stumbling block to staging the show in such a prominent city location was the lack of on-site camping for visitors attending the show, and the fact that the ExCel is in a low emission zone did not help either. Bizarrely enough the decision by ExCel to expand the hall space it can offer didn’t help as that would mean even less space for exhibitors to hold their stock and vehicles.
Anthony Trevelyan, NCC Events Chairman, explained the difficulties leaving such an excellent venue, saying “The decision to cancel the 2013 event has not been taken lightly and it is not a criticism of ExCel’s visitor facilities. Space that was allocated in 2012 for the movement and safe storage of around 650 valuable exhibitor caravans, motorhomes and holiday homes cannot now be guaranteed moving forwards. Without this space, the build-up and breakdown of the show is not feasible. We have no option but to cancel the 2013 show and seek another venue.”
It is thought NCC will almost certainly look for a venue in the south to capitalise on the outstanding support camper fans gave to the ExCel show last year.