Around 900 exhibitors will showcase their latest holiday offers including cruises, caravanning and cycling from February 17- 21, 2016 at Reisen Hamburg. The list of destinations ranges from places in the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and far beyond – from North America, India, Korea, Japan to China. This year’s new focal theme, AlpenTräume (Dreams of the Alps), will highlight the varied holiday options in the Alps. Another hall has been added to two existing halls for the caravanning exhibition area.
Long-distance travel trend continues
Montserrat Sierra, president of Corps Touristique, said: “2016 will once again be a strong year for travelling.” Bookings for most destinations have increased, she added. Sierra represents 57 tourist destinations in the association of tourist boards. Demand is high for classic destinations in the Mediterranean. City trips are becoming increasingly popular. Also, the trend toward long-distance travel continues this year. Throughout the fair, Albert Sham, Managing Director of Asian Adventure and hotel tester for the TV stations Vox und Pro7, will brief visitors on unusual trips to Bhutan, India, Myanmar, or Papua New Guinea.
Alps in Focus
The varied holiday options in the Alps range from family hiking holidays, climbing, and mountain biking to skiing. Reisen Hamburg will show the whole range of holidays as part of a special Alpine theme this year. Visitors can view real Alpine huts, taste authentic dishes, and try out their bouldering skills on a steep face. Organisers say this new focus reflects the preferences of people in north Germany, with the Hamburgc hapter of the German Alpine Association (DAV) being one of the biggest nationwide.
Bernd Aufderheide, Chairman of Management Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, noted: “We are delighted that many providers are expanding their exhibition areas. This reflects the good mood in the branch at present.” The popularity of camping prompted the opening of a third hall solely for caravans and camps. There, the focus is on the special atmosphere of camping rather than on equipment and technical data about vehicles, he added.
Travelling in a personal camper
Visitors can find all kinds of equipment for caravans and camps in Hall A4. Apart from many ideas for expanding and equipping the vehicles, there will be a whole range of providers. Hall A1 will be devoted to caravans, where rental companies will tell visitors about wonderful camper van routes. One of this year’s novelties will allow visitors from north Germany to spend the night in their own camper vans next to the fair. As parking spaces are limited, prior registration on Anmeldung is advisable.