March '21

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Hosting a major trade show is a feat of coordination and planning in the best of times, but doubly so when implementing extra safety precautions in the face of a global pandemic. Thus, hosting this year's in-person NTP-STAG Expo required certain con- cessions. Traditionally, the Expo is the largest wholesale buying event in the RV industry. However, COVID-19 regulations required a reduction in show size and scope. "It's definitely a different year," said Bill Rogers, president of NTP-STAG, commenting on the different feel on this year's Expo, held Jan. 18-19 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Still, pressing forward with the Expo is "a sign some things are getting back up and moving toward a more predictable time," he added. Hosting an in-person event required extra planning, and scrutinizing safety protocols and processes became a top priority, according to Harneet Kaur, senior director of marketing and retail eCom- merce at NTP-STAG and Keystone Automotive Operations. "We had to be absolutely sure the convention center could safely host large groups," she said. "Then, we asked ourselves: how do we operate within those boundaries, while ensuring people can interact, but minimize risks?" To ensure industry professionals were comfortable attending a live event of such magnitude, show organizers first surveyed prospective exhibitors and dealers. Rogers said the results were "overwhelmingly positive" and served as a baseline for hosting this year's Expo, sponsored by Airxcel. On the show floor, Rogers said the response he received from attending dealers and vendors was overwhelmingly positive. "You never know if you're getting filtered feedback, but I did see a lot of smiles behind the masks," he said. In-Person EXPO Impresses Vendors and attendees give NTP-STAG high marks for overcoming challenges to successfully host its annual January trade show amid unique circumstances. NTP-STAG NTP-STAG By Stefanie Galeano-Zalutko Photos by Chris Cieto and Stefanie Galeano-Zalutko NTP-STAG's LINK Trailer Parts offers dealers a large assortment of hitch and towing parts and accessories. 26 • RV PRO • March 2021 rv-pro.com

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