Messe Düsseldorf North America - Trade Show Daily

Slapped with Snow & Piles of Paper!

Posted by Robert Self on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Winter is hard. Few can argue against that. It’s cold. The sun barely shines. Shoveling starts. Delays commence. And cabin fever sets. But despite the numb fingers and all, we would like to give you hope and remind you that brighter days are ahead!

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(Photo: Typical Chicago Winter - 2015)

Now, I don’t know about you, but when winter comes around I just tend to move slower – and we see the same mentality occur in the trade show industry. Sure, the main seasons for trade shows to occur are in early Spring and early Winter, but much planning for these shows occurs… well… now.

There are forms to fill out, documents to sign, invoices to pay, and more! We can’t allow our desire to remain sluggish take over! But when all you want to do is hibernate, how can you possibly keep up the momentum to plan for a show? Simply put, it’s the dedication that goes into a project that allows momentum to forge onward. Let me give you an example:

Two weeks ago our Chicago office was basically slapped by Mother Nature, who thought it funny to dump 19.6 inches of snow on the city - making for our fifth largest blizzard in Chicago’s recorded history.

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(Photo: There's an actual car under there)

But, being the thick-skinned, snow-savvy people we are as Chicagoans, we still trekked out in cold using our streets and the ‘L’ (our public transit system) to get around, as no travel bans were placed. I, for one, was one of those crazies – just out for a casual stroll to my Super Bowl Sunday gathering. NOTHING was going to keep me from the food, friends, football game, food, commercials, food, Katy Perry half-time show, food, and food. And for most Chicagoans alike, it was business as usual. (Granted there were a few… casualties. See: photo of abandoned car).

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(Photo: Abandoned cars remain in middle of Chicago streets
from previous night, blocking plows & tow trucks)

While many Chicago offices, including ours, placed our safety before work and allowed us to remain home considering the danger element, there were still people crowding the streets on Monday morning. Our office in particular saw an amazing turnout. Because we know our shows are time-sensitive projects, and we want to make sure we’re on top of our game. That desire to meet deadlines and to plan ahead for any road bumps we may cross brought us through the tundra and to our computer screens. For you, our exhibitors & visitors.

Here’s another: Currently, our building is experiencing some electrical issues unrelated to our particular office, which has made the heat go out. It is currently -15 degrees Fahrenheit outside our windows, while the west coast parodies what hardship feels like. Once again offered the safety to stay home until the issue is fixed, what did we do? We put on another layer, sucked it up, and came anyway.

You see, problems can come at you from all angles without you ever being able to see it coming (much like weather). But rolling with the punches, remaining optimistic, and most importantly planning ahead allows you to find the solutions. In this particular case the solution just happens to be an extra pair of long underwear.

Basically, any show that we organize for the early Winter season (i.e. September-December) undergoes heavy organizing during this, the dreaded dead depths of the late Winter season (i.e. January-March). But we’re here to send you reminders, give you calls, and motivate you. Many deadlines may be approaching for shows in your industry. So while winter is hard, the sun is rising earlier/setting later. The snow and ice are thawing (at least right before it freezes again). And the first day of Spring is next month! Besides, the groundhog reared his head nearly three weeks ago – so we’re half way out of the woods! So here’s to early planning! And if you ever have questions or doubts, you can always reach out to us! Our contact information is below!

Contact us!
Phone: (312) 781-5180
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @mdnachicago

Topics: MEDICA, trade show, Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, International Trade Shows, GDS, REHACARE International, Trade Show Planning, Messe Dusseldorf North America, Chicago, Compamed, CARAVAN SALON, A+A

Discover Your World at CARAVAN SALON 2013

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 @ 10:25 AM

Want To Have Some Fun
on Four Wheels?

All-wheel vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, and now is your chance to see why! At this year’s
CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF 2013 - The No. 1 Show for Motor Homes and Caravans, the special “Off-Road” show will give visitors the opportunity to test drive ATV’s in the outdoor area on a specially built obstacle course.
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If you aren’t that daring, you can opt to be driven as a passenger across an adventure course.  But that wouldn’t be half the fun….

describe the image     And if that’s not enough, the “Dream Tour Cinema” show will whet your appetite for RV travel in exotic locations on four different continents: Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Iran and Pakistan), Southeast Asia (Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Timor and Vietnam), South America (Iguazu Falls, Andean passes, Atacama Desert), and the U.S. (“Route 66” from Chicago to Los Angeles). So much to see – so little time!


CARAVAN SALON will be held from August 31 – September 8, 2013 (trade visitor day on August 30) at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.  Overall, some 570 exhibitors from 25 countries will present a wide range of mobile homes and RVs as well as accessories. From small and simple RVs for two people to compact vans and campers, from family RVs and alcove motor homes to luxury motor homes – the possibilities at CARAVAN SALON are virtually unlimited.

Entrance passes can be purchased online at for 13 Euros (1-day ticket) or 20 Euros (2-day ticket).

Make your next vacation a real adventure - come to CARAVAN SALON and be inspired.

Oh, and enjoy the ride!

Topics: Messe Duesseldorf, Düsseldorf, International Trade Shows, RV, caravans, CARAVAN SALON, caravanning, RVs, RV trade show


Posted by Philip Kirchhof on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 @ 13:50 PM

 small RV    old RV    dirty RV
Need a larger RV?   Need a newer one?   Need a nicer one?

Then you should visit CARAVAN SALON 2011 from August 27 to September 4 in Düsseldorf, Germany – the Number One RV and camper trade show worldwide!

This is one of the most popular events in Düsseldorf and you can participate! Remember the movie “Back to the future”? This trade show is like a journey back through the last 50 years of travel on the road. At this trade show’s 50th anniversary you’ll get an impression from the first RVs up to the newest developments in recreational vehicles. The changes during the last decades are immense and you can browse through 9 show halls with over 550 exhibiting companies.

You don’t want to leave your sports car at home while travelling through the world in your RV? No problem - just drive your car right into the ‘garage space’ of the newest RVs and get the journey started. There is no need to leave any comforts behind when you are on a camping vacation.

In addition to RVs and caravans, the trade show will feature camper vans, parts, accessories and tourism destinations to an audience of international visitors.

Global expertise, a unique ambiance and unrivalled exhibits put CARAVAN SALON ahead of the rest. Come and be part of the party! Okay, it could be a bit difficult to travel from the U.S. to Germany with an RV, but even if you have to get there on an airplane, the trip is going to be worth it. Interested? Then visit the CARAVAN SALON website for further information:

Your RV is ready and you FINALLY got the boss to sign off on your vacation days. But where to go? So many destinations to choose from…. On September 2 to 4, at the Düsseldorf fairgrounds, the trade show for Hiking and Trekking “TourNatur” is running parallel to CARAVAN SALON. At TourNatur you will find thousands of beautiful RV and hiking destinations from all over the world. 275 exhibiting companies will also display the latest trends in hiking and trekking equipment as well as trends in outdoor fashion. Come and visit the website to get an impression:

We look forward to seeing you in Düsseldorf!

Get more information at Messe Düsseldorf North America, 312-781-5180, [email protected]

Topics: RV, caravans, Recreational Vehicles, CARAVAN SALON, caravanning, RVs, campers, camping, TourNatur, RV trade show, camper trade show, hiking trade show, hiking, trekking

CARAVAN SALON DUSSELDORF shows "Green Caravanning"

Posted by Brigitte Cox on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 @ 14:53 PM

RV Industry Products good to Resources and Environment

caravan salon postcardAt CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF 2010, (August 28 to September 5 in Düsseldorf), the Caravanning Industry Association will present information on environmentally friendly travelling with caravans and RVs in its "Green Caravanning" presentation. Diesel particulate filters were already presented at CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF 2009 and have meanwhile been retrofitted in several older RV models. In addition there are many other ways to save energy and reduce emissions. With the special "Green Caravanning" show, CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF 2010 offers a market overview of currently available environmentally friendly products and components, as well as a forecast of green products that will be hitting the market in the near future.

We’ll be looking at continuous weight optimization of RVs and improvement of wind resistance, as well as energy-efficient, low-emission engines. High-mileage diesel engines with common rail injection are standard in new RVs, while older engines are achieving the values necessary for the green placard thanks to the new particulate filters. Alternative power trains are also a topic: A new hybrid solution for RVs will be shown during the "Green Caravanning" presentation.

THE SHOWMOBILE Shows Environmentally Friendly Accessories

In the centre of the "Green Caravanning" presentation stands a specially modified RV that really packs a wallop: This ten-year old vehicle has been retrofitted with state-of-the-art accessories that serve to protect the environment or reduce energy consumption. Next to a diesel particulate filter, the vehicle received a rear seat heater with oxi-cat, as well as a conventional methanol fuel cell and a newly developed LPG fuel cell. But that's not all: There's also a refrigerator and a stove, both extremely energy-efficient yet powerful, energy-saving long-life LED lamps and a toilet with a ceramic inlay that uses very little water when flushed. The installation of tinted windows lowers the inside temperature by approximately 6 degrees on sunny days, saving air conditioning energy. Solar technology has been utilized successfully in the RV industry for quite some time: In addition to the solar satellite system that will be shown, a prototype of an innovative solar awning has been installed on the show vehicle. A lightweight chassis contributes to weight optimization, as does a lightweight door that weighs in at a mere 12 kg.

Caravanning is an Especially Environmentally Friendly Holiday

caravan salonRV holidays to certified eco-camping campsites are especially environmentally friendly. The Ecocamping Association has taken up the cause of environmental protection and nature preservation, safety and quality management at campsites, and consults and certifies campsite wishing to implement a quality management system. To date 224 European campsites have been awarded the Ecocamping Environmental Management Certificate.


caravan salonCARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF 2010 takes place from Saturday, 28 August, to Sunday, 5 September 2010, from 10:00 am till 6:00 pm daily.

1-day tickets for adults are 12 euros, and 2-day tickets are available for 19 euros.

For further information and news about CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF visit or

Topics: Düsseldorf, motor homes, CARAVAN SALON, caravanning, RVs, campers, camping