The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) announced it has been forced to cancel this year’s NATDA Trailer Show in Nashville, Tenn., because of the effects of COVID-19.
In its place, NATDA will launch a virtual event on Oct. 26, 2020, giving dealers the same benefits of the trade show without ever leaving the comforts of their home, NATDA says.
“Unfortunately, recent developments, including bar and restaurant closures, state-to-state restrictions and citywide phase extensions, convinced us there’s no way to maintain our physical show during these incredibly unpredictable times,” says Andy NATDA President Ackerman. “After speaking to hundreds of dealers, a strong majority felt they simply were not ready to venture to Nashville under the current circumstances.”
In place of this year’s NATDA Trailer Show, NATDA will launch a three-week online event, where dealers, manufacturers and suppliers can still connect with one another, listen to valuable educational seminars and see the latest products in the trailer industry.
“Though no replacement for our in-person event, this year’s online platform allows us to produce the same benefits of coming to our show — to connect with the industry,” says Andria Gibbon, CEM, NATDA director of operations and events.
More information regarding the 2020 Virtual NATDA Trailer Show will be announced in the coming weeks. Dealerships interested in participating in the event can CLICK HERE. For possible exhibitor inclusion, contact NATDA Director of Sales Karen Anderson at 727-360-0304 x105.
Additionally, NATDA is pleased to announce its Trailer Show will return to Nashville next year on Sept. 1-3, 2021. Prior to the rise in COVID-19 cases, NATDA’s registration efforts were at a record-breaking 30 percent increase compared with previous years, the association says.