Tampa Show Sets Attendance Record

A picture of the FRVTA 2021 Tampa Bay Fall RV Show at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) tallied record attendance at its Tampa Bay Fall RV Show at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

The show was open to the public Nov. 11-14. Despite rain for a couple days, the show brought in over 9,000 people — a 12.5% increase from the previous record of over 8,000 attendees in 2017.

This is the largest regional RV show held in Tampa, FRVTA said, with four area RV dealers invited to show RV units.

Preliminary 2020 Florida RV SuperShow attendance totaled a record 74,861. If the 2022 SuperShow grows 12.5% beyond its previous record, the five-day event would draw more than 84,200 attendees.

The Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA) said 2021’s America’s Largest RV Show registered its second-largest attendance in its more than 50-year history. PRVCA said 61,320 attended the five-day event at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The show’s attendance record was set in 2017 at 64,154.

In addition to showcasing 2022 RVs, there was a wide variety of used RVs to explore.  Visitors browsed supplier booths with exhibits from campgrounds, finance and insurance companies and those hard-to-find parts, accessories and supplies.

“This show is a pretty good indication of what to expect for the Florida RV SuperShow in January,” said Tampa Bay show coordinator Patty Flanagan. “We saw so many younger buyers and families even on the weekdays, the dealers were all very pleased as were the booth exhibitors. They are all looking forward to the SuperShow.”


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