In what can only be seen as an effort to countermine the upstart American International Motorcycle Expo (AIME) scheduled for October 16-20, 2013, in Orlando, Florida, Advanstar Communications has announced a change in dates for its show, the Dealernews
International Powersports Dealer Expo, from its traditional weekend in February to one month before AIME’s show beginning in 2014.
Citing information gleaned from research and a gradual shift in dealer buying cycles, Advanstar claims to have determined that powersports dealerships prefer to make their purchasing decisions prior to the beginning of the new year. ”September is the ideal time of year for the 46th annual Dealer Expo, given that it falls perfectly into the dealer purchase cycle,” says Dealer Expo’s director of sales, Jim Moore.
At a press event in January of 2012 AIME announced the launching of its new expo to be held in the fall of 2013. Motorcycle.com reported the announcement the following day. “There’s a new motorcycle show coming to the States that promises to deliver the excitement and pageantry of Europe’s ultra-cool EICMA and Intermot shows. Scheduled for the fall of 2013, the American International Motorcycle Expo looks to create an annual event where consumers, OEMs, dealers and the aftermarket can converge in a single location for a week-long motorcycle extravaganza,” we reported.
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