Travel & Outdoor Tourism Hobbies
31 Jan-04 Feb 2024
Fachausstellungen Heckmann GmbH
Northern Germany's extensive leisure travel fair
The German travel and tourism market is one of the most active in Europe as Germans enjoy going on hikes, camping, cycling and general travel. The best way to reach the widest audience is to go to Abf – one of the biggest trade shows aimed at the regional travel market. It is the place to see all new trends and destinations for the outdoor, leisure, and travel sectors. Established in 1978, Abf (or auto, boot und Freizeit, which translates to car, boat and leisure time) has been serving the German market faithfully and has been the source of many new trends. Travellers and nature enthusiasts all come to Abf because they have a full line-up of products. There are car accessories, water sports articles, motor vehicles, caravans, bicycles, sports and fitness equipment, e-bike cargo bikes, BMX, paddles, paddleboards, e-skateboards, hoverboards and e-scooters among many more.
Currently, organisers are in the process of preparing Messe Hannover for the 2024 live edition. The rendition will be hosted between 31.01.2024-04.02.2024. The exhibition grounds will not employ the latest and best in COVID-19 protective measures. This is because Germany has lifted its pandemic-related limitations, including the ones affecting international travel.
It is not easy to put together a business trip and keep costs down. Trade Fair Trips helps you book the hotel rooms for Abf and stay firmly within your budget. We have the top hotel rates on the market and know our way around Hannover, Germany. Whether you wish to stay close to Messe Hannover or prefer a central location in the heart of the city, we have you covered. Tell us how many people are travelling and your price range. We send you a list of the best options with access to public transportation. In addition to hotel services for Abf, Trade Fair Trips ltd is there for you when you arrive in Hannover. Our clients also rely on us to place reservations on meeting facilities ahead of time. Another very popular service is having one of our experienced teams come to install your exhibition booth. All done within a reasonable price.
Not advisable when travelling from Hannover Airport
Not advisable when travelling from Hannover Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)
25 mins when travelling from Hannover Airport
15 mins when travelling from Hannover Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)
By public transport:
55 mins when travelling from Hannover Airport
30 mins when travelling from Hannover Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)
Hotels near abf
|Hotel||Stars||Distance to fair||City||Price|
|Holiday home Fischer Sien Huus, Steinhude||53.22||Steinhude||from € 253.00 EUR||Book Now|
|Novotel Hannover||10.3||Hannover||from € 396.00 EUR||Book Now|
|HESSE HOTEL Celle||43.2||Celle||from € 256.00 EUR||Book Now|
|Best Western Hotel der Fohrenhof||12.3||Hannover||from € 415.00 EUR||Book Now|
|Eilenriedestift e.V. Altenwohnzentrum||7.9||Hannover||from € 357.00 EUR||Book Now|
|Davidoff Hotel||14.3||Hannover||from € 248.00 EUR||Book Now|
|City Hotel Hannover||8||Hannover||from € 232.00 EUR||Book Now|
|Ringhotel Celler Tor||48.2||Celle||from € 327.00 EUR||Book Now|
|Novotel Suites Hannover||8.5||Hannover||from € 435.00 EUR||Book Now|
|Premier Inn Hannover City University Hotel||8.8||Hannover||from € 250.00 EUR||Book Now|
The international travel show makes its way to Hannover, Germany every single year. Editions are held early in the year at the start of February in order to give visitors choices and inspirations for the whole year ahead. Programming lasts for five days in total, and Messe Hannover is open to all people, from professionals to the public. Right now, Abf is co-run alongside BIG, another major show for building, real estate, gardening and furnishing. Work hours are set for 10:00 in the morning – 18:00 in the evening. Deutsche Messe AG always delivers a dynamic show. Getting to Messe Hannover is easy. The fastest way to get to the exhibition centre is with tram lines 8 (also stops at Hannover central station) and 18. The light rail services the airport and central station, so you have an easy way to get from the airport to the city centre and Abf in no time.
- “The rush and interest of the visitors were huge, and we even received specific construction inquiries. The trend towards minimalist living is noticed and people are very interested,” - Horst Liese, Managing Director of C&L Objects
- “The power workout sold out very quickly, and that shows us that events like this really enrich our trade fairs. The participants all had a lot of fun, and we will definitely continue,” - Klaudia Kohl, Abf project manager
- “We had good discussions, lots of interested parties. Our offer, especially the trekking bikes with e-drive, was very well received by visitors,” - Gregor Gall, Sales Representative, Winora Staiger
Exhibitors have much to gain from a fair booth at Abf because the trade show has one of the biggest and most loyal audiences in the world. Editions regularly see between 91,000 and 92,000 visitors coming from all over the country. In addition to professional visitors, you have a large volume of private travellers and enthusiasts. These are great numbers for just about 700 exhibitors that are at the exhibition centre. The majority of exhibitors are based in Germany, but you also have some from Austria, France, the UK, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Norway, Italy, and Sweden. The official sponsor for Abf is the ADAC Lower Saxony/Saxony-Anhalt. There are all kinds of exhibitors at Abf from tour operators, travel agencies, tourism associations and tourist offices to cruise operators, campsites, and hotels.
Abf 2023 took place as a live trade fair in Messe Hannover and featured 91 000 visitors and 500 exhibitors. The edition's support programme resulted in high satisfaction among participants. For instance, 82% of visitors are considering attending the next rendition. 87% would recommend the trade show to other industry specialists.