Caravan Industry Victoria Confirms the Cancellation of the Melbourne Leisurefest for 2020.

August 14, 2020, Caravan Industry Victoria released the following news on the 2020 Melbourne Leisurfest.


Caravan Industry Victoria

Media Release Immediate Release 14 August 2020

As we continue to operate in uncertain times. As members and exhibitors are aware there are considerable restrictions with the Victorian Government announcing Stage 3 Restrictions in Regional Victoria and Stage 4 Restrictions in Metro Melbourne and these are most likely not going to be lifted in time to conduct Melbourne Leisurefest at Sandown Racecourse.

With this in mind at the last meeting Council Meeting (Association’s Board) held on 12 August 2020, the matter of conducting the 2020 Melbourne Leisurefest was discussed in detail. After considerable debate, my board felt they had no other option but to cancel the event for 2020. This decision was based on the current COVID-19 environment and the lack of clear direction from the Victorian Government as to whether they would allow a show like ours to operate.

We know this is disappointing, however, we must comply with the current Victorian Government restrictions. The council was also mindful we were obliged to provide as much advance notice as possible to members and exhibitors

Rest assured we are and will continue to lobby the Victorian Government to ease restrictions for outdoor caravan and camping shows allowing us to operate in a COVID-19 safe manner. We will keep members and exhibitors posted on these discussions.

In light of this, many of you would be aware that the Association took innovative steps to continue to run shows, which led us to the Victorian Caravan & Camping Virtual Show. This show was set to run from Wednesday 2 September to Sunday 6 September 2020, however, at the same Board Meeting, it was decided to give the restrictions again, mentioned above, that we would adjust the date of the show to allow exhibitors to deliver their best options possible, while also having access to items they need to serve consumers when the show is on. The new dates for the Victorian Caravan & Camping Virtual Show are 7 am Wednesday 30 September to 11.59 pm Sunday 4 October 2020, which will assist consumers in having a show around the time of Melbourne Leisurefest.

We hope you continue to support the Association and the shows and as always, if you have any questions or comments you are welcome to get in touch with my team at;