The 55th Salon des Vehicules de Loisirs (VDL) in Paris that ended on October 10 was attended by over 82,000 people, a report said.
Exhibitors and guests had been waiting for the event for nearly two years. This was following the show’s cancellation last year due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The organizers of the show reported bustling aisles and stands during the ten days of the show. They said that the outbreak has changed the way of life and travel and has resulted in a boost for leisure automobiles. Similar to what is happening in different countries, to the majority of French individuals, leisure vehicles are a way to travel in total liberty while observing social distancing and personal cleanliness.
“We are the first general public show to reopen its doors since the health crisis, and this show has been eagerly awaited by the whole industry and also by visitors who, even if they made up their minds at the last minute, were there. We had a very good quality show. The stands were beautiful, the exhibitors put a lot of energy into it, and people were happy to meet again. The test center also experienced great success and demonstrates the appeal of these vehicles to the general public,” explains Jean Jacques Kauffmann, General Commissioner of the Salon des Vehicules de Loisirs.
Salon des Vehicules de Loisirs President Pierre Rousseau said: “In this unique context for leisure vehicles, the show was a special edition. It held its promises. It made thousands of visitors dream who were finally able to discover all the new things and even try them out. The motivation and the desire to meet again were so good and palpable in the aisles and on the stands. VDL has confirmed its position as the most important exhibition in France and the second largest in Europe.”
The next event will occur next year from September 24 until October 2 at the Parc des Expositions de Paris-Le Bourget. The Salon des Vehicules de Loisirs has been held each year at the Parc des Expositions of Paris-Le Bourget since 1966. Its longevity, visitors, and sales figures make it the most important show of the automotive business in France.
Over 200 stands dedicated to mobile homes, caravans, trailers, equipment, and other accessories are installed in the halls.
Also present are representatives from the specialized press, associations linked to the sector’s activity, credit, and insurance organizations.
A testing center for motorhomes and vans, free parking, a section dedicated to motorhomes for guests attending the show, and a selling area for second-hand bargains make up the exhibit halls.