Implications of the Corona Crisis for the industry

How will the spread of the coronavirus affect the caravanning industry?

The coronavirus is continuing to spread throughout Germany and Europe and the news is changing almost by the minute. The CIVD would like to offer an evaluation of the most important questions and aspects concerning the impact of the pandemic on the caravanning sector.
The coronavirus is continuing to spread throughout Germany and Europe and the news is changing almost by the minute. The CIVD would like to offer an evaluation of the most important questions and aspects concerning the impact of the pandemic on the caravanning sector.

In light of the most recent developments and increasing dynamic spread of the virus, it is currently difficult to tell what the effects of this will be on the caravanning sector. All statements and assumptions given here are based on the situation on 25 March and could change daily. The CIVD will continuously update the information. The CIVD cannot assume any liability for the information provided being correct or up-to-date.

Please do not hestitate to forward any media enquiries to the CIVD office:

 

Marc Dreckmeier, Head of PR: marc.dreckmeier@civd.de, +49 69 704039-18

Daniel Rätz, Press Officer: daniel.raetz@civd.de,+49 69 704039-28.

Almost all German and European manufacturers and suppliers have temporarily reduced or stopped their production – primarily to protect the workforce from infection with the coronavirus or because of reduced employee availability, for example because they have to look after their children. The remaining plants are expected to follow in the next few days. How long the cutbacks or closures will last depends on the measures taken by the EU, the European governments and the federal and state governments and is difficult to estimate at this stage, however, a return to normal operations before the end of April should be impossible in most cases.
Building on the momentum of recent months, the current year, once again, began well with many new registrations. Strengthened through a mild winter and high customer demand which could be seen in the spring trade fairs, retail has, in general, been able to record many orders. Some customers may now postpone their decision to purchase a vehicle due to the current restrictions but we are not expecting a long-term significant decline in people’s desire to travel. We are, instead, more preoccupied with how we can satisfy the long-term interest in leisure vehicles particularly considering the fact that many dealers and manufacturers will have to postpone or cancel many seasonal kick-off events and many dealers may have to temporarily close.
We are able to look back on strong previous months and full order books which will keep the manufacturers busy for several weeks to come. Fundamentally, we expect that individual holiday forms such as caravanning will survive the acute coronavirus crisis better than travel forms which are based on the use of means of mass transportation and are currently experiencing considerable image damage. We are therefore comparatively optimistic in the long term.

When buying a motor caravan or caravan, many of our customers are fulfilling a lifelong dream which they have planned and saved for, for many years. This may now be delayed but, seen against the background of a lack of alternative travel options, we do not think that buyer considerations will be affected by the acute corona pandemic in the long-term.

Each company must – alone out of an obligation to care for its employees – do all it can to prevent the further spread of the virus. There are many means and instruments for example strict hygiene and conduct rules, travel restrictions or mobile working to help in this. The CIVD has published a paper with labour law-related notes concerning this for its members. It is available in the member section of this website. Furthermore, you should also seek advice from the experts in the health authorities and the Robert-Koch Institute. This is also already being implemented everywhere. Important: it is up to each individual employee to meet the challenge which is posed by the coronavirus!
There is the hope that a long-term coronavirus crisis will be avoided with swift measures. With the protective shield for employees and companies, the Federal Government is providing measures and funding instruments on an unprecedented scale:

https://www.bundesfinanzministerium.de/Content/DE/Standardartikel/Themen/Oeffentliche_Finanzen/2020-03-13-Schutzschild-Beschaeftigte-Unternehmen.html

The CIVD has also compiled labour law-related notes on this for member companies. It is available in the member section of this website. Immediate action and close coordination with the local health authorities are elementary.
We expect the government and local health authorities to do all they can to stop the further spread of the virus as well as possible – and to do so with all available and necessary means even though this may be unpopular.

In addition, it should also be ensured that the German economy does not come to a long-term standstill as a result of the major negative impact. If the situation continues to dramatically worsen, the government must do all it can and introduce further suitable measures, besides those already introduced, for example reduced working hours, tax deferral and bridging loans, and do so as quickly and as unbureaucratically as possible.

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