Go RVing Canada announced today (May 9) Canadian RV show attendance and sales figures for 2011, demonstrating that the RV industry is healthier than ever. The numbers were notable across the board, as thousands of Canadians visited their local RV show over the past few months to see this year’s latest trends.
In 2011, the 31st Annual Edmonton RV Exposition & Sale and 42nd Annual Calgary RV Show and Sale both saw impressive increases in attendance figures, reporting 45.2% and 11.42% increases respectively. The Toronto Fall RV Show saw an 11.53% increase this year compared to the previous year. The Ottawa Spring RV Show saw bigger crowds than last year on both the Friday and Saturday, with an overall total of 17,084 visitors. Canadians were also taking advantage of the incredible sales this year, buying RVs directly from dealers at the shows. The Québec and Montréal RV shows saw increases in sales, reporting 27.93% and 5.47% increases respectively.
Go RVing Canada has recently revealed that total retail sales at RV dealerships in Canada have surged close to pre-recession levels. With sales up an impressive 18.4% across the country for 2010, this represents a very strong outcome for an industry coming out of one of the worst economic downturns in recent history.
More good news for the RV industry: summer bookings in campgrounds are up 12% this year, according to the Toronto region Conservation Authority. Similarly, Ontario Parks says it has also been seeing much higher numbers than usual at Canadian provincial parks, with reservations up by 11 per cent.
“These recent figures confirm that regardless of the increase in fuel prices, Canadians still believe that RVing is the most affordable and flexible vacation option,” said Go RVing Canada spokesperson Angèle Lapointe. “An RV vacation remains an extremely economical way for families to travel.”
Depending on the RV model, a typical family RV vacation can be up to 75 per cent less expensive per day than other forms of vacation travel. According to a recent cost-comparison study conducted by PKF Consulting, an RV trip is shown to be more economical when compared to a traditional week’s vacation for a family of four, when you consider the costs of flights, car rental, hotels and eating out at restaurants.
For more information on RV shows and exhibitions and the RV lifestyle, please visit www.GoRVing.ca