Weather Boosts Two FRVTA Fall Retail Shows
More than 9,000 visitors attended a pair of regional RV shows staged over the Nov. 11-14 weekend by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA), and while no attendance records were set at either venue, “the people that did come were very optimistic about purchasing in the near future,” the association stated in a news release.
Staged beneath nearly perfect weather conditions, the shows were held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in North Tampa and the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach.
“This is a great time of year for shows due to the drier and cooler weather,” said FRVTA Marketing Director Dave Kelly. “We were able to get more advertising value for our dollars as well with the political campaigns having finished last week. I think that also contributed to the upbeat and optimistic attitude of the crowds.”
With attendance within a few hundred from last season’s fall shows, the association reported that many sales were registered by both dealers and vendors alike. “Campgrounds around the state are reportedly seeing ‘snowbirds’ a little earlier this year,” the release noted. “With the winter selling season just around the corner, all of these are welcome signs of great things to come. “
The larger Tampa-area show, with more than 5,800 attendees, also hosted drop-off locations for local charities. Boxes full of toys were collected for the Marine’s Toys for Tots program and 10 barrels of canned goods for Metropolitan Ministries.
The FRVTA winter show schedule kicks off with the 2011 Florida RV SuperShow; Jan. 11 is reserved for Industry Day with the show open to the public Jan. 12-16. For more information about the FRVTA winter shows or for exhibitor information, go to www.frvta.org or call (813) 741-0488.