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 .

RVIA Preparing for National RV Trade Show in Louisville

Mon Sep 26, 2016

145072659275994.jpgReston, Virginia - On the heels of another successful RV Open House in Elkhart, Indiana last week, the attention of the RV industry now turns to the next big trade event - RVIA’s National RV Trade Show, taking place Nov. 28 – Dec. 1 in Louisville, Kentucky.

With just a little more than two months to the kickoff off the show, RVIA reports that show space is sold out and dealer pre-registration is pacing more than 100 percent ahead of last year.

National RV Trade Show attendees will enjoy a totally revamped and new event backed by expanded educational sessions, increased attendee marketing and new value-added programs designed to ensure dealers experience a top-notch program, according to a press release from the RVIA.

Of particular note this year is newly added education day on Monday, Nov. 28, featuring concurrent sessions specialized for dealers, campground operators, manufacturers and suppliers. The day will be capped by a keynote session with brand visionary and marketing guru Ken Schmidt, former director of communications strategy for Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

“We have been busy behind the scenes working with manufacturers, dealers and other industry experts to deliver a ‘new’ vision to the show,” RVIA Senior Vice President for Events Liz Crawford says. “Through our post show research last year we learned that the show’s real value is in providing an industry event where everyone is under one roof, at one time per year. Our goal for this show, and for future shows, is to ‘own the customer experience’".

According to the research, nearly half of the attendees have not been to any other show in the past year. That, along with the fact that close to 80 percent of attendees are highly likely to attend the show this year is a strong indication of the show’s reach and importance to the RV market.

Other research highlights show that 73 percent of those attendees planned to buy or recommend products/services they saw at last year’s show. This bodes well for the 2016 event as buyers are anticipating spending more dollars as a result from the show. More than 90 percent of the show’s attendees have a buying influence for the types of products exhibited at the show.

“Dealers are obviously excited about the newly crafted event,” RVIA Show Director Scott Graham says. “They are clamoring for new and improved, and the show is a great place for manufacturers and suppliers to unveil new products and services, whether those are tweaks from RV Open House or totally new market offerings. The strong registration numbers, the great feedback from dealers on the educational lineup, and the excitement of manufacturers looking to continue the momentum generated at RV Open House all point to a very strong National RV Trade Show.”

For more registration and more show information, visit www.rviashow.org. Exhibitors interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact the RVIA Sponsorship Sales Team at 703-594-6065 or RVIA@paisales.com.