Thu Sep 14, 2017
With Hurricane Irma devastating parts of Southern Florida, the Florida RV Trade Association canceled the convention that would have taken place the weekend of the hurricane.
After the hurricane has passed and the association is assessing the damage, FRVTA Marketing Director Dave Kelly says that the show will almost certainly not be rescheduled later this year and the association will move on to planning for next year’s convention.
Kelly says that even though a lot of areas were hit hard during the hurricane and a lot of people were displaced, that very few dealerships were severely impacted.
“There haven’t been many calls from anyone with a whole lot of trouble,” Kelly says. “The ones we have talked to has just been minimal damage. We’ve been very lucky. And right now, we figure that no news is good news.”
FRVTA Director Lance Wilson has been in contact with FEMA about how the association and its dealers can help with the cleanup in both Florida and Texas, where Hurricane Harvey hit just days before Irma hit landfall.
“Our dealers are ready, willing and able to send units wherever they’re needed,” Kelly says.
Rescheduling the convention would have taken a minor miracle to do, since the association already has two shows in both October and November, along with national shows like Hershey going on now, while the RVDA Convention/Expo and RVIA National RV Show are still to come.
“Trying to figure out a weekend when not only the speakers, but the attendees would be able to attend would be tough at this point,” Kelly says. “At this point, we are still looking at options, but it will likely not be rescheduled.”