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 .

Cruise Inn Wraps Up Third Annual Member Conference

Thu Nov 17, 2016

CORAL SPRINGS, Florida - Cruise Inn has wrapped up its third-annual member conference with a weekend full of education, brand updates, voting, awards and fun.

Taking place at the Sheraton Fort Worth, Texas Downtown Hotel from Nov. 11-13, the Cruise Inn conference was designed to give members the tools and strategies to help increase their park's profitability. Cruise Inn staff and members, vendors and industry experts discussed the latest in marketing, revenue strategy, operations, channel management and industry trends.

“I didn’t think we could outdo last year’s conference, but we certainly did," Cruise Inn President and CEO Scott Anderson says. "Attendance this year was strong, speakers were informative, member participation was exceptional and they each walked away with additional knowledge to be even more competitive in their markets. We also had several prospective members who attended and got to see firsthand how we operate a little differently than the rest."

“I was very impressed by the incredible showing of our members who attended our third-annual conference," Cruise Inn Executive Vice President and CFO Trent Arnold Says. "It was great to see and hear our park owners’ amazing success this past year and their excitement for the future. Equally important was the great response we had from a number of prospective members who attended, many of whom made the decision to join Cruise Inn at the conclusion of our conference. With the addition of these parks to our existing group of parks already scheduled to join the Cruise Inn system, we are even more excited for 2017.”

On the final day, Cruise Inn bestowed awards to member parks that went above and beyond in 2016:

• Highest Year-Over-Year Increase in Revenue: Junction West RV Park in Grand Junction, Colorado
• Best TripAdvisor Score: Baileyton RV Park & Cabins in Greeneville, Tennessee
• Best Cruise Inn Branding: Linville Falls Campground & Cabins in Linville Falls, North Carolina

Also, a seat was filled on the four-member marketing council that works hand-in-hand with the corporate team to make key decisions throughout the year. Elected by her peers to a two-year term was Karen Haley, Director of Groups and Special Events at Palm Canyon Hotel & RV Resort in Borrego Springs, California, which is a Highway West Vacations resort and Cruise Inn member park.

"I'm honored to have been elected to serve on the Cruise Inn marketing council and look forward to contributing in a way that brings informed communications, ideas and best practices that will result in positive and continued growth in our industry,” Haley says. “It was also great learning about the mission and the direction Cruise Inn is successfully moving toward. I was impressed with Scott Anderson's data on the current industry trends and how our parks can respond positively when facing these issues through the systems and support of the Cruise Inn team. All of the conference presentations were important and informative to our business.”

Cruise Inn provides membership opportunities to RV Park and campground owners to increase their ROI through higher guest satisfaction; better revenue/yield management; meaningful loyalty programs; multiple booking channels, including its own CRS; and effective sales and marketing. Key member benefits include low fees, a simple contract, no penalties, a voice and vote in all brand initiatives, member-directed standards and brand policies, innovative technology, PRS training, distribution marketing, worldwide sales and marketing, comprehensive support and a brand powered by trusted industry resources.