RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Eight More KOA Locations Receive Perfect Scores

Thu Jul 21, 2016

Eight more high-quality Kampgrounds of America locations have achieved perfection during their 2016 KOA Quality Reviews.

A total of 13 KOA campgrounds have now achieved a perfect score of 600 during the 2016 KOA Quality Review process. Each year, KOA’s Quality Assurance Teams travel North America, reviewing processes and working with owners and managers at the 490 KOA locations to improve their parks.

“Receiving a perfect score of 600 points on the annual Quality Review is no small feat,” KOA Director of Field Services Fred Prichard says. “The review is very detailed and rigorous, and only a very small group of campgrounds can achieve perfection.”

The KOA Quality Review is a points-based review designed to recognize KOAs that have clean facilities, professional operations and proven reinvestment in their campground.

“The more a campground has to offer, the more points they will earn,” Prichard says.

Key areas of the Annual KOA Quality Review include Brand Support, Guest Service, Store and Registration Areas, Laundry, Recreation Programs, Restrooms, Grounds and Buildings, Campsites, Cabins and Premium Amenities. The 600 points are awarded in these areas, with an emphasis on great guest experiences.

“A keen eye for detail is essential for a campground to achieve a perfect score,” Prichard says. “These are all exceptional campgrounds and serve as great examples for our other properties.”

The eight campgrounds recently achieving perfect-score status include:
• Chautauqua Lake KOA Holiday in New York, owned by Bill and Anita Perry.
• Fancy Gap/Blue Ridge Parkway KOA in Virginia, owned by Mark and Cheryl Manning.
• Polson/Flathead Lake KOA Holiday in Montana, owned by Paul and Carlisa London.
• Herkimer Diamond KOA Resort in New York, owned by Dr. Renee Scialdo Shevat.
• Manchester KOA in Tennessee, owned by Jerry and Barbara Dale.
• West Glacier KOA Holiday in Montana, owned by Greg and Theresa McClure.
• Denver West/Central City KOA Holiday in Colorado, owned by Chuck and Leza Spencer.
• Shelby/Mansfield KOA Resort in Ohio, owned by Gary and Vickie Cole.

Those eight join five other KOAs that had achieved perfect scores earlier this year, including the San Diego Metro, California KOA; Wellington, Kansas KOA Holiday; Wilmington, North Carolina KOA Holiday; Orlando SE/Lake Whippoorwill, Florida KOA Holiday; and the Springfield/Route 66, Missouri KOA Holiday.

KOA’s four Quality Assurance Teams are still in the field conducting KOA Quality Reviews, Prichard says, so it’s possible the list of perfect score campgrounds could grow before the end of the summer camping season, according to a press release.