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 .

RV News Exclusive: RVIA 2017 Outlook Is Star-Studded

Fri Nov 4, 2016

147507911921969.jpgThe RVIA National Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky will kick off with its annual Outlook Program and Breakfast on Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Kentucky Exposition Center South Wing Mezzanine Level Ballroom.

The Outlook Program provides those within the RV industry the opportunity to hear from RVIA President Frank Huglemeyer, who will provide his thoughts on the opportunities ahead for the RV industry and the state of the market.

However, the draw to the Outlook Program will be featured keynote speaker Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, who made an emergency landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River in 2009. Now, Sullenberger’s story has been made into a major motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks as Sully.

RVIA Senior Director of Communications Bill Baker says the draw of Sully, his story and the success of the film will provide for some excitement among those in the industry.

“We’re very pleased to have Captain Sully there who will share the details of the flight that landed on the Hudson and will speak about how to overcome adversity,” Baker says. “I think he’ll have a pretty powerful presentation about being prepared. The drawing power of the movie and the success that has had will bring a lot of interest. Secondarily, he’s a great public speaker and has had very great reviews.”

Sullenberger now works as an aviation safety expert and accident investigator. He serves as the CBS News Aviation and Safety Expert and is the founder and CEO of Safety Reliability Methods, Inc., a company dedicated to management, safety, performance and reliability consulting, according to an RVIA press release.

In addition to Sullenberger’s account of the 208 seconds as he maneuvered the plane onto the Hudson River, he also will speak about how preparation, training and leadership can make a difference when confronted with a challenge of any sort. He will inspire those in attendance to establish a foundation of passion for the work, building trust in each other and committing to reaching for the highest standards.

Hosted by RVIA Chairman of the Board Bob Parish, the Outlook Program also will feature a multimedia presentation from the industry’s Go RVing and public relations team highlighting the industry promotion achievements during 2016 and previewing what’s to come in 2017.

“We’ll have a really entertaining presentation that will update people on the Go RVing network and public relations team that will debut some communication planning that has some prospects for the RV market and buyers, including millennials and Generation X,” Baker says.

The Outlook Program and breakfast is a free program on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are necessary. The ballroom can sit around 900 people, Baker says, while the overflow mezzanine will be able to fit another 100 people of standing room. Baker says he expects the program to attract the full 1,000 people.