Total attendance at last week’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville reached an all-time high, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), sponsor of the event.
A total of 13,371 people attended the three-day event, held from Tuesday through Thursday of last week (Dec. 2-4), at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center (KFEC).
Last week’s gathering was the RVIA’s 41st annual trade-only show.
This year’s Louisville show total attendance represents a 7% increase over the turnout for the 2002 version of the event, the RVIA reports.
Additionally, attendance in the four “buying categories,” which includes RV dealers, accessory store operators, campground operators and distribution firm personnel, was the highest it had been in 10 years. The RVIA reports buying category attendance totaled 5,925 people, 6% increase when compared with the 2002 show.
The number of RV dealership employees attending this year’s show totaled 2,507 people, a 9% increase over last year, and the number of employees of exhibiting manufacturers also increased 10% to 2,636 people.