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SA’s biggest annual Caravan Show called off

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One of the biggest events on any caravanner or campers diary, The Caravan Show at Gallagher Convention Centre, has unfortunately been cancelled for 2021.

The Caravan Show has always been the highlight of the year within the caravan, motorhome, trailer and outdoor industry and the organiser’s decision to postpone the 2021 show reflects the severity and far-reaching repercussions that the Covid-19 pandemic is having on businesses in South Africa and across the world.   

Show organiser Hampie De Kock tells Caravan & Outdoor Life that the decision to call off the event was not made lightly, but they felt it would not benefit the industry to permit so many people inside an enclosed area during the ongoing pandemic.

The Caravan Show has always been a bustling central hub for caravan, trailer and motorhome manufacturers, as well as other camping and outdoor vendors, and the thousands of shoppers that visit the show to see the very latest and greatest of what our industry has to offer our caravanning fraternity.  

 

Godfrey Castle, Hampie de Kock, Paul Castle, and Dean Castle at The Caravan Show 2020


 

But it’s not all doom and gloom – The Caravan Show is set to be back in action from 25 to 27 February 2022 at the Gallagher Convention Centre.

And after the record-breaking event of 2020, we can look forward to even more excitement next year where it is expected that over 500 vendors will exhibit.

Hampie gave much encouragement and praise for all the new platforms that have permitted campers and caravaners to receive their monthly news free of charge amidst the pro-longed lockdown.
This development is living proof that an industry as strong as ours will forever remain. 

 

Press release from The Caravan Show:

Exactly one year ago we concluded the most successful show on record for the industry. Two weeks later, lockdown was introduced and everything became “warped” beyond our wildest expectations.

Our thoughts go out to those who succumbed to Covid-19, our industry will miss their voices as we recover and attempt to continue, always remembering those we have lost.

We initially postponed the show to October 2021, but after careful consideration during our last trip to the Kruger, we finally decided that our commitment is to proceed responsibly and lead by example in limiting risks for all involved.

The Caravan Show represents the African Caravan Industry as a whole and we envisage the 2022 Show to continue where the 2020 Show ended.The next Caravan Show have been secured for Gallagher Convention Centre and will hosted from the 25th to 27th of February 2022.

Yours in Caravan and Camping,

Hampie de Kock

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