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December '17

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32 • RV PRO • December 2017 rv-pro.com S P E C I A L S H O W C O V E R A G E T he 2018 distributor show season promises plenty of edu- cation, entertainment and, most importantly, great buying opportunities for dealers. That's the takeaway from distributors interviewed for this article, who say dealers can expect bigger, better shows with more vendors, including many new exhibitors; expanded edu- cational opportunities; and plenty of opportunities to socialize and enjoy entertainment at nice venues. NTP-STAG's Expo Headed for the Lone Star State RV dealers will rustle up some of the best deals and some fun at The Expo, NTP-STAG's third annual aftermarket RV parts and accessories trade show, set for Jan. 22 and Jan. 23, at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. In keeping with tradition, event organizers selected its loca- tion so guests can mix business with some Western-themed pleasure among more than 200 exhibitors, training seminars and prize giveaways totaling more than $20,000. "The location is an attractive draw and makes the show experience unique for our attendees every year," says John Spaulding, NTP-STAG marketing director. "Our automotive group, Keystone Automotive Operations, has hosted events at the Gaylord National for a number of years and we've had a chance to see the venue and meet the staff. It's worked out so well that we thought it set up very nicely for the type of event that we like to deliver to our RV customers." The location is conveniently located just outside of Dallas in one facility under one roof, so regardless of the weather, guests will be able to go from their rooms right to the venue. There are also plentiful restaurants, shopping and activities nearby in case attendees want to come early or extend their stay beyond the show, Spaulding notes. "It has lot of key destination experiences that we look for when we seek a venue, and that's what drew us to Dallas," he says. "And we're very happy to say that Ellen (Kietzmann) and the team at Blue Ox are stepping up again to be our primary sponsor for the event." The show format and agenda will be familiar and comfort- 2018 Distributor Shows Await NTP-STAG, Arrow Distributing and Northern Wholesale are planning for more exhibitors and expanded educational offerings at their respective January distributor shows. By Rob Merwin and Darian Armer Distributors are expecting an increase in exhibitors at their upcoming shows.

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