According to a report at Dealernews.com attendance at the first five of 12 Progressive International Motorcycle Shows is averaging up 7.3 percent over last year’s figures.
Big winners according to show organizers were the Dallas show with a double digit increase of 12 percent and Atlanta with a seven percent increase in attendance. The biggest loser being the New York show with a 19.4 percent decrease in attendance – a winter nor’easter tamping enthusiasts’ willingness to venture from the warm confines of home. With nearly 59,000 visitors, however, the New York show remains one the tours’ largest. The San Mateo show reported an attendance increase of three percent while the Long Beach show drew even with last years attendance of fifty-four thousand and change.
“The overall mood of the shows has been very upbeat, with a lot of energy,” said Advanstar’s Powersports Group VP, Tracy Harris. “New model launches have generated a lot of excitement and enthusiasm, and are contributing to attendees spending more time at the shows.”
Exit polls conducted at the events were also positive with numerous first-time show goers and many attendees citing intentions to purchase a new motorcycle in 2014.