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 .

Camping World Acquires Five Consumer Shows

Mon Oct 31, 2016

145434773794726.pngLINCOLNSHIRE, Illinois - Camping World Holdings, Inc., which owns and operates more than 25 recreation consumer shows through its Good Sam Enterprises media and events division, has announced it has acquired five consumer shows dedicated to the outdoor enthusiasts from Odyssey Management, an Ohio marketer and consumer show organizer of RV, boat, and sport shows.

The shows are in the Dayton, Ohio; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Knoxville, Tennessee; Columbus, Ohio; and Chattanooga, Tennessee markets. The acquisition will expand Good Sam's marketing segments and ts current portfolio of shows into new markets.

"This acquisition, when fully integrated by our highly experienced management team, further positions Good Sam as the leading producer of trade shows and related media serving the nation's vibrant outdoor and RV sector," says Good Sam and Camping World Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis. "We are very pleased to have the opportunity to strategically incorporate these events into our highly successful operating platform."

Odyssey has been very successful producing mid-size events in Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin and has been operating events for over 15 years.

"We will continue to look closely at other acquisitions or development of new shows in un-served or under-served markets and leverage the talent of our highly experienced management team," Lemonis says.

Rob Lynch, the owner of Odyssey Management, has joined Good Sam as vice president and general manager of its media and events division, bringing 30 years of experience to the management team.

"This acquisition will provide the opportunities that Odyssey did not have access to as an independent promoter, and I look forward to the continued growth of this division with a team that has unmatched vision and resources," Lynch says.