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Total attendance at last week’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville was up 14% over 2001 despite a snowstorm which, most likely, held down attendance on Thursday (Dec. 5), the final day of the three-day event.
A total of 12,443 people attended this year’s Louisville show, a 14% increase over last year’s total of 10,927, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), sponsors of the convention.
Meanwhile the number of attendees representing RV dealerships increased 18% to 5,017 people, compared with 4,252 dealership attendees in 2001.
The number of people representing RV dealerships, RV accessories stores, campground operators and distributors also increased 17% this year to 5,525 people, compared with 4,734 a year earlier.
This year’s Louisville show had the second-best “buyer attendance” in 10 years, said Alan Piercy, an RVIA spokesman. Only 1999 was better, when 5,702 representatives of RV dealerships, RV accessories stores, campground operators and distributors attended.
The RVIA’s attendance records by category go back to 1992, Piercy said.