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RVIA National RV Show Attendance Up 4.5%

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December 3, 2010 by   1 Comment

RVIA logo Overall attendance at the just concluded 48th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., was up 4.5% over last  year, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported this morning.

Monaco RV display at 48th Annual National RV Trade Show

Monaco RV display at 48th Annual National RV Trade Show

Total attendance was 8,696, or 373 more than the 2009 show. Other show results:

  • RV dealers, 3,173,  up 10.8%.
  • Total buyers, 3,563,  up 12.9%.
  • Dealerships, 1,294,  up 10.3%.

The number of representatives from manufacturer and supplier exhibitors was down this year, even though the exhibitors booked more space for this year’s show. On average, the exhibitors brought 2.8 fewer people than last year, according to an RVIA estimate.

Though an improvement over recent years, this week’s attendance was well below pre-recession attendance of 13,716 in 2005, when the show covered a record 906,000 square feet in the then newly renovated Kentucky Exposition Center, and 2004, when attendance totaled 14,450, according to RVBUSINESS.com archives.

Final show numbers for this week, followed by their comparison to the 2009 show, follow:

  • Accessory store, 261, +46.6%.
  • Campground owners, 28, -31.7%.
  • Warehouse distributors, 101, +38.4%.
  • Advertising press, 17, +70%.
  • Editorial press, 53, +10.4%.
  • Finance/guest, 120, +18.8%.
  • Manufacturer exhbitors, 1,609, -11%.
  • Non-member manufacturers, 37, +12.1%.
  • Supplier exhibitors, 2,396, -1%.
  • Non-member suppliers, 489, +22.3%.
  • Non-exhibiting member manufacturers, 12, -25%.
  • Non-exhibiting member suppliers, 196 +16.7%.
  • Manufacturers’ agents, 39, +2.6%.
  • U.S./Canadian association guests, 97, +36.6%.
  • Non-U.S./Canadian association representatives and guests, 68 +25.9%.

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One Response to “RVIA National RV Show Attendance Up 4.5%”

  1. Jim on December 3rd, 2010 2:36 pm

    I am thinking that the Fall Open Houses have bitten deeply into the stats of dealers attending Louisville. Considering the cost that the manufacturer’s have to pay for 2-3 days of space plus moving product for display, rooms, food, etc..can’t blame them for not booking their rooms for 2012. Louisville timing, location, costs to dealers and manufacturers, this may be the nail in the coffin. Factory Open Houses are here to stay.

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