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NZ motorhome and caravan industry divides over moves for one North Is supershow

May 05, 2014
NZ motorhome and caravan industry divides over moves for one North Is supershow

A group of six industry industry leaders have triggered Covi Motorhome Caravan & Outdoor SuperShow moves to limit North Island motorhome and camping enthusiasts to one show in the North Island in 2015.

Covi SuperShow business manager Brent Gillies says in a press release that six motorhome and caravan industrys leaders believe the industry can only successfully sustain one major North Island show and that it should be held in March to better meet the needs of both the industry and their customers. But Lisa Rountree of Classic Events said today that - It is business as usual, for the Campercare NZ Motorhome and Caravan Show in Hamilton in Feb-March 2015.

Classic Events organises New Zealand's only national motorhome and caravan shows, the Campercare NZ Motorhome and Caravan Show in Hamilton over four days Feb 27 to March 1, 2015 at the Mystery Creek Events Centre and in Christchurch the Campercare show is set for November 7 to 9, 2014 at the CBS Canterbury Arena. At the Classic Events organised Hamilton venue this year a free rally was held which attracted more than 600 motorhomes to Mystery Creek. TOP10 Holiday Parks hosted the rally. The Mystery Creek Events Centre is 15km from the Hamilton central business district.

This decision to attend only one show was made by a few exhibitors and has ultimately divided the industry. While Auckland has not proved to be a hugely successful show over the years, all other exhibitors were happy with two shows, and we have huge support from the other large exhibitors who have vowed to support us, Lisa Rountree said.

Unfortunately there has been a Covi communication/press release that was not factually correct either. Not all of the six named exhibitors will be attending Auckland only, and for a number of the others, their dealers will be present (at Hamilton).

We are committed to hold another successful Hamilton show, and it is ironic, and common knowledge, that we get more through the gate at Hamilton and more sales are made by exhibitors.

When we surveyed our visitors, there is a large percentage from the North Island, from New Plymouth, Taupo, Rotorua, The Bay etc that do not travel and will not travel to Auckland, she said.

The TOP10 Holiday Parks hosted free rally at Hamilton was a huge hit with over 600 vans and many saying for us to expect 1000 next year! Lisa Rountree said.

In short, it is business as usual for Hamilton, she said

Covi 2015 show dates have been confirmed for the NZ peak summer holiday season.

The dates for the fifth Covi Motorhome Caravan Outdoor SuperShow are Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March 2015, 9am to 9pm daily at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland. The Covi show has been held in September for the last four years.

Covi SuperShow business manager Brent Gillies says that the move was initiated by a six-strong group of the motorhome and caravan industrys leaders THL (KEA, Motek and United), Trail-Lite (Trail-Lite, Roadcraft, Auto Sleepers), Smart Motorhomes (Burstner), ALM Group (Avida, Jurgens, Allisee Autohomes), South Auckland Caravans (Jayco), and Leisure Line (Leisure Line, Southern Star).

Their view was that the industry could only successfully sustain one major North Island show and that it should be held in March to better meet the needs of both the industry and their customers, he said.

They are so convinced that this is the way to go for their industry that they have pledged to support the revised timing by committing to attend only one North Island show the Covi SuperShow in Auckland next year, he said.

The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) is a sponsor of the Covi show.

In a Covi press release NZMCA Chief Executive Bruce Lochore said: Were very much a part of the industry and as such recognise the commercial pressures on companies that are operating in todays competitive marketplace.

So we certainly understand the major players thinking in wanting to reduce the costs associated with attending multiple shows. In our view, helping the industry limit their costs will ultimately reflect in limiting price increases to our members in the market to purchase.

Supporting the exhibitors to concentrate all their resources in one venue at the best time of year for such a show - is going to result in an even bigger and better show and thats got to be good for our members too.

The Covi SuperShow will definitely be the only motorhome and caravan expo the NZMCA supports in 2015, he said.

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