The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and RVDA of Canada will host the 2009 International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Oct. 6-9.

Themed “Rising to the Challenge,” the convention will feature a new series of workshops designed to help RV dealership owners, managers, and employees respond to the critical issues the industry faces today.

According to a press release, workshops for owners and general managers will focus on cash and personnel management strategies to stay competitive while sales manager workshops will cover techniques for making more sales in a tough market.

There will also be workshops on acquiring inventory financing and sessions that can help dealers get more buyers qualified.

Educational workshops and the Expo will include a special focus on new products and services dealers can use to help build profits. RVDA will schedule a series of dealer-manufacturer brand committee meetings.

“RVDA volunteer leaders, staff, and our business partners are working hard to put together a convention and expo that will provide dealers and their top people the tools they need to survive in the current economic environment,” said RVDA Chairman Larry Troutt, Topper’s Camping Center, Waller, Texas. “The future belongs to dealers who make it through this downturn. This may be the most important convention in the history of the RV industry and RVDA.”

“This year, it will be more important than ever to attend the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo,” said RVDA of Canada President Michel Côté. “With the many challenges that we all face today, the convention is the place to obtain the education necessary to ensure our success.”

The 14th Annual RVDA Education Foundation golf tournament will precede the convention, scheduled for Oct. 5.