International Exhibition for Caravanning, Motoring, Tourism - CMT
The Germans are still keen on travelling although the duration of their holidays has changed slightly. "Shorter, but more frequently" is the simple formula to describe the travel patterns of German citizens. Despite terrorist attacks and natural disasters, the Germans are not discouraged from enjoying one of their most important leisure activities. This is a good omen for the forthcoming CMT in Stuttgart from 13 to 21 January 2007. This exhibition will again bring together around 1, 400 exhibitors from more than 90 countries and 180, 000 visitors.
The organisers of the Stuttgart tourism exhibition will also continue their successful concept in the last year at the cramped trade fair centre in Killesberg. The "CMT mother ship" will again be supplemented by its "dinghies" such as Cycling Holidays, Hiking, Golf and Wellness Holidays and Cruises – and will be further extended. New topics will also be added, for example canoeing holidays; the accompanying programme will also be specially enhanced for trade visitors in a more concentrated and improved form. Following on from this year's successful Symposium on "Alternative Tourism", the focal point in 2007 will be "Travel Differently".
Bulgaria, one of the two partner countries of CMT 2007, has established itself as one of the most popular "warm water destinations" of Germans over the last ten years. The number of German tourists passed the 500, 000 mark for the first time in 2003. Due to the continuing construction boom, the popularity of the Sun Coast and Golden Sands resorts has declined slightly. The local tourist authorities are therefore also concentrating on the cultural history treasures in the interior of Bulgaria. Winter tourism will also be extended and purposefully promoted.
Peru will also be a partner country of CMT in 2007. The Andean country is one of the most popular destinations in South America for long-haul German travellers (around 49, 000 arrivals last year). Peru traditionally impresses persons on educational trips, who visit the world cultural heritage sites of UNESCO, primarily the Inca city Machu Picchu in the south, and spend an average of 20 days in the country. Peru has set itself the objective of diverting the interest of foreign visitors to other parts of the country such as the Amazon region near Iquitos and new excavation sites in the north.
Together with "Caravan Salon" in Düsseldorf, CMT has become the most important information and sales exhibition for both the caravanning industry and fans of caravans and motorhomes. It is not certain whether visitors will again be able to admire around 20 world premieres next year at the trade fair centre in Killesberg. According to the latest market statistics, the German caravan industry appears to be heading for a record both in terms of the number of caravan registrations and exports. In this important sector – after all, "caravanning" occupies 50 % of the area of the exhibition - CMT 2007 will retain its function as the barometer for the industry.
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