FMCA convention attendees check out vendor booths

FMCA notched its highest attendance mark since 2013 for the organization’s summer show, as 1,559 rigs converged on the CAM-PLEX Multi-Event Facilities in Gillette, Wyo., for the July 18-21 98th International Convention & Expo. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.)

“We don’t really take a head count but I’d estimate there were close to 3,000 people,” FMCA Executive Director Chris Smith told RVBUSINESS.com. “We’re very pleased with that number, and even more importantly, it seemed everybody had a great time. I walked around in a dress shirt with a badge that had my name and title, and people came up and stopped to tell me what they thought of the show. Everyone was positive, which gives us a pretty good gauge of how people perceived the event.”

Further confirmation was provided by a post-event survey, according to Smith. “One of the questions we ask is ‘would you recommend the event to someone else,’” he offered. “We use what is called a net promoter score which came back very positive. It’s a good indicator of how things went, and from the results we received the show was definitely a success.”

Next year’s conventions are slated for the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Ga. – a popular venue for FMCA – followed by the Cincinnati-based organization marking its 100th convention at the fairground complex in Minot, N.D.

“We’re looking for our 100th convention to be a big draw,” Smith said. “And we always get a strong turnout in Perry. This past March we had 2,450 rigs, so we’re anticipating another strong showing.”