RESTON, Va. — The RV Industry Association today released the final, unaudited attendance figures for the 2013 National RV Trade Show, which took place Tuesday through Thursday at the Kentucky Expo Center.
A total of 7,751 people attended this year’s event, up 93 people or 1 percent compared to the final 2012 attendance figures. Attendance by “buyers” — RV dealers, accessory store owners, campground owners and warehouse distributors — had been off 4 percent for the first two days, but closed out at -3 percent.
The figures represent people coming through the door, said Mike Hutya, show director. “Even though many people preregister, when they get to the show, they have to give us a receipt that is attached to their badge in order to get a badgeholder,” she explained. “The information printed on the receipt is input to verify the person attended the show.”
Here are the preliminary cumulative three-day attendance figures released by RVIA:
|Attendee Type||2012 Total||2013 Total||Difference||% Change|
|Press – Advertising||4||15||+11||+275%|
|Press – Editorial||57||60||+3||+5%|
There were 1.7 exhibitors, guests and media members for every buyer at the show.
Prior to the show, RVIA had projected 8,000 people would be in attendance. The Louisville Courier Journal had predicted Nov. 28 that 12,000 people would attend this year’s show.
SOURCE: RV Industry Association