The 4 Must-See Trends You Missed at NEC's Motorhome & Caravan Show 2023
The NEC Motorhome and Caravan Show is a much-anticipated annual event that showcases the latest trends and innovations in the leisure vehicle industry. In 2023, the show did not disappoint, with a diverse range of exciting developments on display. Here are the top four trends that stole the spotlight at this year's show:
Whilst the leisure vehicle community aren’t particularly known to embrace technological advancements quickly, it seems that this may be changing. This year, the show featured an array of innovations, with a special focus on mobile applications. Apps like Park4Night made their presence felt, offering solutions for finding ideal camping spots and connecting with fellow travellers. These technological advances underline the industry's commitment to adapting to the ever-changing landscape of technology and connectivity. Travellers are now more equipped than ever to plan, navigate, and enhance their journeys using cutting-edge apps and tools.
Luxury has always been a driving force in the motorhome and caravan industry, but this year, personalization took centre stage. Manufacturers and exhibitors went above and beyond to cater to the desires of discerning customers who seek a touch of elegance and individuality in their travel experience. From sumptuous interior finishes to customised details, personalisation was the buzzword. Wooden interior finishes, in particular, were a standout feature, as they added a warm and cosy touch to the living spaces within these vehicles. Whether it's a sleek, modern design or a rustic, cabin-inspired aesthetic, visitors were treated to a wide range of options for creating their ideal home on wheels.
For the second year in a row, campervans stole the show, reaffirming their status as an increasingly beloved choice for travellers seeking freedom and flexibility. The NEC Motorhome and Caravan Show 2023 showcased not only an increase in campervan-only exhibitors but also prominent displays by well-established manufacturers. One notable example was Bailey, which wowed attendees with a dramatic showcase of their latest camper models, the Endeavour B64 and B62. Additonally, Adria's new campervan, the Adria Active, caught eyes around the arena. Campervans have become synonymous with adventure and exploring the great outdoors, and their popularity continues to soar, thanks to their compact size, versatility, and comfort.
The desire for international travel was evident throughout the event, from exhibitors representing various countries to engaging talks about exciting destinations. Enthusiasts and novices alike were eager to explore the world, with particular interest in the Inspiration Theatre with travel destinations such as Iceland, Greece, Morocco and Bulgaria being discussed by industry leader, offering unique and diverse landscapes for travellers to discover.
Additionally, the question of the EU 90-day travel rule became a hot topic in the Q&A sessions, highlighting the importance of staying informed about the latest regulations and requirements for those who plan to explore Europe in their leisure vehicles. This emphasis on international travel reflects the ever-expanding horizons and dreams of motorhome and caravan enthusiasts.
The NEC Motorhome and Caravan Show 2023 demonstrated that the industry is evolving to meet the evolving desires and needs of travellers. Whether it's a quest for luxury, a passion for campervans, a yearning for international exploration, or a thirst for innovation, there's something for every enthusiast to discover. As the leisure vehicle community continues to grow and adapt, one thing is certain: trade shows are as popular as ever.