The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) just completed its two summer RV shows in West Palm Beach and Tampa.
According to a press release, the West Palm show was on record pace through Saturday but rain on Sunday kept the attendance just under a new high mark. FRVTA reported that the Tampa Bay show did hit a new record for attendance in spite of some Friday afternoon rain.
The West Palm Beach Summer RV Show took place over Mother’s Day weekend in May at the South Florida Fairgrounds. With eight participating RV dealers and a handful of booth exhibitors, the show opened to large crowds the first three days of the show.
“We were on pace to set a new summer show record then we woke up to rain on the last day of the show,” said FRVTA Show Coordinator Patty Flanagan. “It’s the worse day to have rain in that you cannot make up the attendance loss”.
Just about every dealer did very well and many reported better than average sales. “Our summer show really helps us keep the selling season going a little longer,” said Brian Copley of Copley’s RV Center. “While not as strong as our winter show, this event allows us to focus on our year-round residents”.
The Tampa Bay summer show was held at the Florida State Fairgrounds with the majority of the event in the air conditioned expo and entertainment halls. Running over the weekend of June 7-10, a lack of rain and the absence of a lot of competing events added up to a new record attendance for this show as over 7,100 people passed through the gates.
“Every dealer I talked to had a great show,” said FRVTA Region 3 President Deanna Pearce. “The marketing, including having Channel 10 morning news at the show on opening day, hit the target of the local RV market.”
Over 31 suppliers filled every available booth with RV parts, accessories, and a wide range of products.
“The bottom line coming out of these two summer RV shows is that the local market is still very interested in the RV lifestyle and they are doing more than just kicking tires,” commented FRVTA Marketing Director Dave Kelly. “Both regions are in the planning stages for their fall shows scheduled for November.”