Dutch nudists get their own fair
European nudists can discover the latest trends at a new nudists' fair to be held twice a year in Spaarnwoude, a small village near Haarlem in the north-west of the Netherlands.28 February 2008
AMSTERDAM - European nudists can discover the latest trends at a new nudists' fair to be held twice a year in Spaarnwoude, a small village near Haarlem in the north-west of the Netherlands.
The international nudist fair is an initiative of Uitgeverij Vizier, publisher of the so-called Campingpas. The Campingpas is a card that gives Dutch travellers reduced rates at camping and holiday sites in the Netherlands.
The second business partner is Campingvizier.nl, a camper's magazine and website. Neither Campingpas nor Campingvizier are nudist travel organisations, but merely initiated the fair to generate publicity.
"We both exist less than a year now and wanted to do something original," says spokesman Rob Kwint told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.
"We discovered there would be a market for a nudists' fair. Some 80 stands will present themselves on the first fair, due to take place from 1 April to 5 April."
Fair visitors, who are supposed to undress and leave their clothes and valuables in lockers at the entrance, can learn everything about nudist camps, travel, recreation and evening outings.
There will also be workshops and presentations on nudist-related topics.
More than 150 tickets have already been sold over the internet.
"A second fair is already planned for 7 to 11 October," says Kwint, who adds the concept has already generated so much publicity that it will probably be held twice per year from now on.
[Copyright dpa 2008]