RV manufacturers have requested about 35% less space for the upcoming National RV Trade Show Dec. 1-3 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., than they did last year.
Given the economic setebacks of the last 16 months, that shouldn’t come as any surprise to most industry observers.
“At this point, it appears that most of the show will fit in the KEC’s South Hall, East Hall and North Wing,” said Mary ”Mike” Hutya, RVIA vice president for meetings and shows. ”It will depend on how much space I give back to the Expo Center. I will hold on to some space so that we can accommodate late-comers.”
Sixty-one manufacturers have requested 520,000 square feet of space in the cavernous exposition center. Last year, RV manufacturers occupied about 800,000 square feet. ”We are drawing the floor plan based on those requests,” Hutya said.
She said the 35% drop in space requests represented the ”worst-case scenario” for RVIA planners, but that other manufacturers may be accommodated, despite the March 23 deadline reservations that has passed.
Even if some of the KEC’s West Wing is used, show space will not include Broadbent Area where recreational park trailer manufactures have displayed their product in recent years. ”I don’t know at this time if we will have them (park models) in a separate area of whether we will mix them in with RV manufacturers,” Hutya said.
Invitations to suppliers for booth space will go out in June with a return deadline of July 2.