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 .
Mon Dec 5, 2016
AUSTIN, Texas — TengoInternet has scheduled another free Webinar Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. Central Time, to review key findings and recommendations contained in the company’s recently released State of the Industry; a report that assesses campgrounds, RV parks and resorts’ ability to meet guests’ expectations for WiFi service across North America.
Park operators can access a link to register for the free Webinar at www.tengointernet.com.
“We have received a lot of positive feedback from park operators attending ARVC, Kampgrounds of America and other industry trade shows this month," TengoInternet President and CEO Eric Stumberg says. "The encore presentation of this webinar is a direct response to the requests from those who were unable to participate in our previous Webinar on Nov. 1. Many of them told us of their interest to review the findings and recommendations we provided in the report.”
TengoInternet’s recently released 2016 State of the Industry Report ranks the WiFi capabilities of 690 public and private parks across North America.
The report describes a serious gap between guest expectations regarding WiFi and the WiFi capabilities of various campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across North America.
“Of the 690 public and private parks that TengoInternet surveyed this year, only 15 percent of them had WiFi systems in place that were capable of meeting guest expectations”, Stumberg says. "Most consumers, expect to be able to stream video when they travel. What do our customers expect? They want fast, on-demand connections to everything they own, when they want it. They want Pandora, Twitter, YouTube, Netflix, Spotify, music and movies. They want all of their mobile and WiFi-enabled devices they are bringing as they travel to work.”
He says consumers are not only using WiFi for entertainment.
“They are using WiFi for Voice Over IP Calls, for work and for education. What we’re starting to see more connection requests for things like smart TVs and gaming systems.”
Millennials, in particular, place a premium on solid WiFi capabilities.
“They don’t just watch TV,” Stumberg says. “They watch everything online. They are accustomed to streaming what they want, when they want it.”
And while Baby Boomers are more likely to watch TV, they, too, are increasingly streaming video, but often use services such as Skype to chat with children and grandchildren. In fact, 80 percent of TengoInternet’s WiFi data traffic from parks across North America is from mobile devices.
Most parks, however, cannot support streaming video or teleconferencing with their existing WiFi systems. Unfortunately, they don’t always have enough bandwidth coming into their park and/or have outdated WiFi networks.
Many remote parks rely on DSL or satellite connections for their Internet service, but satellite data speeds are simply too slow to support streaming.
Stumberg acknowledged that many parks might not be able to upgrade their networks or obtain Internet service with cable or fiber lines. But one thing that park operators can and should do right now is to clearly describe their WiFi capabilities and limitations on their websites, marketing material and in-person while interacting with prospective guests.
“Park operators should tell prospective guests whether their WiFi networks can support streaming or not," he says. "They also need to disclose any limitations affecting the extent of WiFi coverage within their parks and communicate this information through various channels. If I am making a reservation, will I have WiFi at my site or is it limited? If the WiFi only works for campsites in particular sections of a park or is limited to the recreation hall or clubhouse, park operators should clearly disclose this information. Otherwise, park operators run the risk of having unhappy guests who may feel they have been misled.”