The numbers are in for the 29th Annual Fort Myers RV Show and both dealer and vendor participants came away smiling as the event drew just under 13,000 patrons during the show’s four days, according to a press release. Region 1 of the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) sponsored the show.
“Everyone I spoke with at the show was generally pleased with the buying interest the public had,” said FRVTA Region 1 President Chris Morse of Skip Eppers RV. “In fact, we had several dealers who achieved double-digit sales. All dealers came away with many sales leads they can now follow up over the coming weeks.”
While not an attendance record, Show Manager Jack Carver was gratified the public responded so positively, especially following the economic turmoil the industry has suffered over the previous years. “We worked hard to put on a quality event that created a buying situation for all participants,” he said. “Attendance was up over last year and I’m very thankful the show was successful.”
This year’s annual event featured 15 dealers displaying more than 600 new RV units of all types, styles and price ranges. The show also staged 85 vendors selling everything from resort lots, insurance, permanent roof coatings, repair services and other enhancements for the RV Lifestyle.
“It seemed as if everything we brought to the show was selling. We’ve also had very good after-show traffic on the lot,” said Rick Swift, general manager of Camping World Fort Myers.
This year’s show success continues the Fort Myers RV Show’s distinction as one of the largest dealer-sponsored RV events in the southeast United States, Chris pointed out. “We are proud to offer dealers, vendors and patrons the best the RV Industry has to offer and look forward to helping spread consumer interest in the RV lifestyle,” he said.