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 .

KOA Hands Out Annual Awards at Convention

Thu Nov 17, 2016

The West Glacier, Montana KOA Holiday campground has always stood out from the crowd.

When Charles and Norma McClure purchased the park in 1976, it didn’t look anything like it does today, but it’s location just outside the west gate entrance to world famous Glacier National Park set it apart.

The campground, owned for the past several years by the McClure’s son and daughter in law, Greg and Theresa McClure, was named Kampgrounds of America’s 2017 Campground of the Year Wednesday at KOA’s Annual International Convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Greg and Theresa McClure and their team have completely overhauled the campground in the past five years. All existing RV sites were remodeled with new landscaping, patios, roadways and upgraded electrical services. In fact, 100 percent of the park’s sites now have 50-amp electrical service. The original campground was constructed in the 1960s.

The campground also has added a large section of 61 new RV sites.

The McClures were early adopters in the KOA Deluxe Cabin program, adding dozens of units to their inventory and providing Glacier National Park visitors with a luxury camping experience.

They also have taken the lead in developing new, cross-functional camping areas that combine Deluxe Cabins with RV sites, as well as RV sites with tent sites in order to better serve groups traveling together who still want to camp near each other.

“There’s very little I can say that will do justice to the quality of the improvements made to the West Glacier KOA Holiday,” KOA President and CEO Pat Hittmeier says. “Out of all of the very deserving KOA locations in North America that have undergone amazing transformations recently, we believe the West Glacier KOA Holiday is a great selection for KOA’s Campground of the Year.”

Additionally, Bay Center/Willapa Bay KOA Journey Campground won the Rising Star Campground of the Year for KOA.

Five years ago, Ken and Iris Shupe ditched their business careers and invested in the Bay Center/Willapa Bay, Washington KOA Journey Campground.

In those five short years, they’ve made numerous improvements to the property and their dedication to great customer service has led to some of the highest guest review scores in the 490-campground KOA system.

Because of all of that progress, the Shupes were named Wednesday as the recipients of KOA’s 2017 Rising Star Award.

The award is given each year to the KOA franchise owner who has made significant progress in their campground business in five years or less.

“They are already among the leaders in our KOA system,” KOA Chief Franchise Operations Officer Toby O'Rourke says. “They play an active role in the KOA Owners Association, our KOA Western ’20 Group,’ and the steering committee for our KOA Journey campgrounds.”

Their small campground on Washington’s Pacific Coast has quickly become a highly desired stop for campers traveling coastal highways.

“They are never afraid to try something new,” O'Rourke says. “They invest in their property, listen to their guest’s feedback and react quickly.”

The Shupes recently converted four seldom-used tent sites to accommodate two yurts and upgraded four other tent sites into 50-amp RV sites, more than doubling their nights of use.

They also made big changes to their KOA camp store, and have seen revenues quadruple in five years.

Kampgrounds of America is celebrating its 54th birthday in 2016. The company, which now has 490 locations throughout North America, was born on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Montana in 1962.

KOA campground owners from throughout North America will be proudly displaying a record amount of awards at their parks this year.

KOA owners and managers at 238 KOA locations received the prestigious KOA Founder's Award,and 384 KOA President's Awards also were distributed. The awards are presented based on a campground's Quality Assurance scores, as well as direct feedback from each campground's customers.

The awards were presented Wednesday during KOA's annual International Convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee.