About a 9% increase in paid attendance is expected by the promoters of the Chicago RV, Camping and Van Show, which begins Wednesday (Jan. 30) at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

A 9% increase would bring attendance up to 25,000 people for the five-day event, which will end on Sunday (Feb. 3).

The expectation of a larger turnout is based upon a “gut feel” on the part of the promoters, Recreation Vehicle Exposition Inc. (RVE), according to Frank Raczon, spokesman for the RVE.

RVE is comprised of 15 current and retired RV dealers.
The owners of RVE feel attendance will be higher at this year’s show because Americans “are looking for alternatives” to air travel while on vacation, Raczon said.

Additionally, the show owners are promoting “RVing as an affordable, comfortable and flexible way for families to enjoy time together,” said Keith Mistrik, show manager.

At least 30 dealers will participate in the Chicago show, Raczon added.