Overall attendance was down 38.5% at this week’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., from last year’s event, according to the host Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Reflecting the impact of a weakened economy, the number of attendees fell to 8,427 versus 13,694 in 2007.
“In light of the economy, we expected attendance to be off from last year,” said Bill Baker, senior director of communications for RVIA. “But despite the down numbers, we still had reports of relatively steady business among exhibitors.”
A breakdown of attendance included:
• 2,934 RV dealer personnel, down 38.9% from 4,799 in 2007
• 195 accessory store personnel, down 54.2% from 426 in ‘07
• 100 warehouse distributors, down 35.9% from 156 last year
• 27 campground owners, down 32.5% from 40 in 2007
• 3,256 total in buying categories, down 39.9% from 5,421 last year
The disparity was in line with the latest wholesale shipment report that showed overall deliveries in October fell 52.5%. For the 10 months, shipments were 27.2% behind last year’s pace.