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Dealer attendance was 14% higher at last week’s RV Dealers International Convention/Expo than was the case a year earlier, according to the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA).

Although an estimated 300 people who were pre-registered decided not to travel to Las Vegas for Con/Expo because of worries about the safety of air travel, a total of 1,311 people did attend the gathering, according to the RVDA, the sponsor of the event.

For Con/Expo 2000 in Orlando, Fla., a total of 1,303 people attended.

However, 637 dealers attended this year’s Con/Expo, compared with 560 dealers attending last year’s Con/Expo in Orlando.

Although several conventions and gatherings of people involved in other industries were cancelled after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, RVDA Past Chairman Ernie Friesen and President Mike Molino issued special pleas for people to attend this year’s Con/Expo. Because the RV industry depends upon the willingness of people to engage in leisure travel, they said people involved in the RV business should feel a special obligation to get back to business as usual, including business and vacation travel, as soon as possible.

Next year’s Con/Expo will take place in Nashville Sept. 22-25.