Tampa Show: An RV Industry Bellwether
The 24th Annual Florida RV SuperShow Jan. 14-18 kicks off the spring selling season for the RV industry and is being watched, along with a number of other upcoming retail shows, as a bellwether for the industry, as it seeks an exit to the current downturn.
The host Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) is reporting record manufacturer and supplier booth space for the show, to be staged at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.
“We will have more suppliers’ booths than ever before and a record amount of manufacturer space,” said FRVTA Marketing Director David Kelly in a news release. “With the addition of new entertainment and more seminars, we’re anticipating record crowds this year. We’re also renewing the two-day pass so the public will have two full days to see everything at the SuperShow at no additional cost.”
The theme of the 2009 Florida RV SuperShow is “Fun is Right Around the Corner,” acknowledging an emerging trend among RVers to travel closer to home. FRVTA said that a full slate of educational seminars is planned along with displays from numerous Florida campgrounds and resorts.
Daily entertainment will include clowns, unicycle riders, barbershop quartets and bagpipe bands. There will also be a dog show along with a contest for the “World’s Largest Sand Sculpture.”
In conjunction with the show, FRVTA will hold its Super Rally for the 19th straight year. The rally is open to all RV clubs and the general public.