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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 .

Kampgrounds of America Buys Tennessee Campground

Fri Oct 7, 2016

147585666160847.jpgKampgrounds of America has purchased the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA Holiday from franchisee Annie Kelch.

The Kelch family has owned and operated the campground as a KOA for the past 50 years – the longest tenure of any KOA franchisee.

The campground was built in 1966 by Annie Kelch’s father-in-law and mother-in-law, LaVerne and Gladys Kelch. Annie and her husband, Dick, purchased the property from his parents in 1979. Dick Kelch died suddenly in 1997, leaving Annie to run the campground with the help of her children, Eric and Heather.

“It’s an honor to continue the tradition of great family camping at Pigeon Forge that was established by the Kelch family,” KOA CEO Pat Hittmeier says. “The Kelch’s did a wonderful job of taking care of their campers for the past five decades. We’ve got a few enhancements planned that will build on the legacy established by LaVerne, Gladys, Annie, Dick, Eric, Leslie and Heather.”

“This is all working out so perfectly,” Annie Kelch says. “I feel very, very at peace with it. When I drive by the KOA from now on, it will always be emotional. “I’d prefer to think I’ll just feel proud.”

Eric Kelch, who had previously worked for Kampgrounds of America Inc. on special campground renovation projects, will again work for KOA on special projects planned at the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA Holiday. His wife, Leslie, will be the manager of the campground.