Louisville Attendance Matches ’12 Totals; Up 1%

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December 6, 2013 by   1 Comment

Louisville attendance was on a par with last year.

Attendance at this week’s Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., was on a par with last year’s totals.

As reported by RVIA, the Tuesday through Thursday event attracted 7,751 attendees, representing a 1% gain from 7,658 last year. Included in that number were 2,874 “buyers,” down 3% from 2,978 in 2012, along with 2,548 dealer personnel, also down 3% from last year’s 2,623. RVIA noted that it had not yet calculated how many dealerships were represented at the show.

A further breakdown showed:

• Manufacturers exhibitors grew 3% to 1,761 from 1,705 in 2012.

• Non-member manufacturers totaled 32 compared to 57.

• Supplier exhibitors rose 6% to 2,092 from 1,966.

• Non-member suppliers were down 9% to 429 compared to 471.

• Accessory store representatives dropped 8% to 218 from 238.

• Campgrounds owners rose 8% to 28 from 26.

• The warehouse distributor category fell 12% to 80 from 91.

• Advertising press representative totaled 15 compared to 11 last year.

• Editorial press representatives rose 5% to 60 from 57.

• The finance category, including guests, fell to 74 compared to 84.


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One Response to “Louisville Attendance Matches ’12 Totals; Up 1%”

  1. Jake Gudi on December 6th, 2013 3:46 pm

    So the RVIA touts a 1% increase from last year. But actually the number of Buyers and Dealer Personnel is actually down, who are the exact people that the show was originally developed for. So if it wasn’t for more manufacturers and supplier exhibits and their personnel attending, the attendance would have been down. Just goes to show you how effective the Sept Dealer Show really has become.