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‘Buyers’ Attendance Up 11% at National Show

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December 1, 2010 by   Leave a Comment

Attendance at the opening day of the 48th Annual National RV trade Show was virtually flat compared to last year, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported today.

Tuesday’s attendance totaled 7,554, up 0.6% from 7,508 on opening day in 2009, Kevin Broom, RVIA spokesman, reported.

In general, the “buyer” attendance is up and exhibitor attendance — representing the numbers of people staffing the exhibits — is down, Broom noted.

In what the RVIA calls “Buyer Categories,” attendance totaled 2,983, compared to 2,687 in 2009, or an 11% increase. The breakdown (with 2009 figures in parenthesis) was as follows:

  • Dealers, 2,713 (2,473), up 9.7%
  • Dealerships,  1,122 (no opening day 2009 figure available).
  • Accessory stores 185 (127), up 45.7%
  • Campground owners, 18 (32), down 43.8%
  • Warehouse distributors, 67 (55), up 21.8%

Opening day attracted 1,511 from manufacturers, down 12.9% from opening day 2009’s 1,734. Seventy manufacturers are displaying product this year, the same as last year.

There were 2,227 people representing suppliers at the first day, down 4.4% from opening day 2009’s 2,329. This year’s number of supplying firms is 251, up from 211 last year.

Other attendance figures were as follows:

  • Advertising prees, 13 (10).
  • Editorial press, 50 (45).
  • Finance/guessts, 84 (80).
  • Non-member manufacturers, 26 (29).
  • Non-member suppliers, 313 (297).
  • Non-exhibiting member manufacturers, 8 (7).
  • Non-exhibiting member suppliers, 157 (143).
  • Manufacturers agents, 24 (31).
  • US/Canadian association guests, 91 (63)
  • Non-U.S./Canadian association representatives/guests, 67 (53)
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