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OUTDOOR Friedrichshafen: New concept strengthens the industry’s core business

28/02/2019
OUTDOOR Friedrichshafen: New trade show concept proves effective - strong trade and media interest from Germany, Austria and Switzerland - new impetus from the caravan and camping sectors - OUTDOOR Industry Award growing

Friedrichshafen - The new format is meeting with approval from the outdoor industry, reports delighted trade show designers OUTDOOR Friedrichshafen from Lake Constance. Small and medium manufacturers will be making their way to Friedrichshafen from 17 to 19 September 2019 to meet specialist bricks-and-mortar retailers from the German-speaking markets to start gearing up for the 2020 season. "The completely new concept, with dedicated offers, full flexibility, committed efficiency, plus genuine and authentic themes and a fitting atmosphere, is being welcomed by many industry players,” says CEO Messe Friedrichshafen Klaus Wellmann.

Messe Friedrichshafen is draws on over 25 years of experience with the outdoor business for the new format OUTDOOR Friedrichshafen. And yet the organisers are focussing firmly on the future, rather than looking back to the past. Head of OUTDOOR Stefan Reisinger explains: "We are completely rethinking the whole trade show idea from scratch. We firmly believe in bricks-and-mortar retail and are offering a down-to-earth platform for all companies who embody the outdoor spirit. We are now the underdog and understand that a new start takes time and requires intensive consultation. We are optimistic about the facts: brands are seeing that a successful trade show presence is possible with a modest budget and only minimal advance planning and that regional commercial representation can benefit instead of international management. Manufacturers are looking at how they can benefit from the new outdoor show format.

The new concept is meeting with approval for its modular structure with ‘full- board’ at the trade fair for exhibitors’ staff and retailers. This includes complimentary catering for exhibitors and trade visitors during the two-and-and-a-half day event. Large and differently designed lounge islands inside the halls will provide the central meeting point for networking, eating and drinking. OUTDOOR Friedrichshafen will have a circuit arrangement in the eastern section of the exhibition grounds, occupying four halls (A6, A7, B4, B5), the Foyer and Open-Air Grounds as well as the Conference Centre.

The new OUTDOOR Friedrichshafen concept is being well-received by the retail trade. The show’s scheduling at the end of the main retail sales season and focus on the core outdoor hardware segment and German-speaking markets is winning over national and international retailers. For example, Peter Bruggmann, President Swiss Association of Sporting Goods Retailers (ASMAS) says: "We see the Friedrichshafen trade fair concept as a good opportunity for our retailers and have enjoyed coming to Lake Constance for years.” There will also be greater focus on professional education and knowledge transfer in Friedrichshafen. The comprehensive training and further education programme covers all aspects of a successful sell-out - from sales marketing and merchandise management, to tips for pricing and store design. 

The idea of communicating with the retail trade is also enjoying success in the media. Leading German-speaking specialist magazines from the industry have already recognised the new platform’s potential and will also be reporting on the issues from Friedrichshafen in 2019.

Strong partners in the caravanning & camping sectors

In addition to classic outdoors sports, OUTDOOR Friedrichshafen is also introducing new initiatives with the related caravan and camping segment. Freedom and flexibility and independence from infrastructures plays an important role for outdoor fans. In the new Caravanning exhibition area, outdoor and leisure retailers will encounter a comprehensive product spectrum that spans from camping buses and motorhomes to the latest trends in mobile camping accessories. Prominent market player, the Hymer Group is participating for the first time as an active exhibitor with three brands at OUTDOOR Friedrichshafen: "Hymercar”, the inventor of the motorhome will be showcasing its portfolio of comfortable camper vans; "Movera” is a provider of complete solutions for camping and caravanning with over 100 brands; "3DOG camping” is a dedicated specialist manufacturer of folding tent trailers and rooftop tents. Furthermore, the firmly-established and widely-appreciated "Eriba City” continues in 2019.

Situated just three minutes’ walk from the East Entrance, visitors to the show can book in at the caravan city for the perfect combination of hotel standard comfort and relaxed camping outdoor flair. "Now with over 850 caravans, our twelve-year partnership with Messe Friedrichshafen has become a permanent fixture on the Hymer calendar. We are delighted to be able to continue to offer the outdoor audience a unique and comfortable accommodation option,” explains Rudi Fimpel, Divisional Manager Eriba Caravans.

OUTDOOR Industry Award is growing

The 14th edition of the OUTDOOR Industry Award sees two additional categories this year - the Retail-Award and the Agency-Award. "Who is offering the best shopping experience or who has the most sustainable campaign? Our expert panel will be evaluating all entries to decide on the winners in six categories to receive the highly-coveted award label. Companies wishing to enter their latest outdoor innovations can submit their application from 29 April to 25 July 2019. Exhibitors and start-ups benefit from reduced registration fees and there are fair rates for all other interested parties,” explains Dirk Heidrich, Show Director OUTDOOR Friedrichshafen. For more information about the categories, evaluation process and entry conditions, visit: www.outdoor-industry-award.com.

The first OUTDOOR Friedrichshafen 2019 takes place from 17 to 19 September. It opens from 12:00 to 18:00 on day one and then runs from 9:00 to 18:00 on the following two days. The trade fair is open exclusively to trade visitors. For further information, visit the new homepage http://www.outdoor-friedrichshafen.com/ and www.facebook.com/OUTDOOR.Friedrichshafen/.

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