Cumulative attendance for the first two days of the 49th Annual National RV Trade Show totaled 8,022, down 522 or 6.1% from the 2010 show, according to figures from the host Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
“Overall numbers are down a little bit, but in talking to members it sounds like they are pleased and are having a successful show,” Kevin Broom, media relations director for RVIA, told RVBUSINESS.com.
Campground attendance is at 26, down two or 7.1% from the 2010 show.
This sector’s attendance could be stunted this year because the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) conference and expo is underway this week in Savannah, Ga.
Broom noted that this year’s attendance figures extended a trend that has surfaced for the past few years as the number of dealer personnel dropped while the total number of dealerships represented gained. “We’ll have to go back and look at how many people dealers were sending before the economy turned,” Broom said. “But it makes sense that with dealers cutting back, they would send less people to the show.”
In the “buyers” category, which includes dealers, accessory stores, campground owners and warehouse distributors, attendance reached 3,196, down 288 or 8.3% from a year ago. A total of 1,632 dealerships attended during the first two days of the 2011 show, an increase of 28.2% from the three-day total of 1,273 the previous year.
The show concludes today.
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