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 .

Outdoor REC Act Passed by Both Houses of Congress

Mon Dec 5, 2016

Denver — Members of the Public Affairs Committee of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) joined forces with two other industry groups, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), to ask Members of Congress to support the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act (Outdoor REC Act). The act was passed by both houses of Congress by unanimous and bipartisan votes in November.

The Outdoor REC Act directs the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, to conduct an assessment and analysis of the outdoor recreation economy of the United States and the effects attributable to this segment of the economy on the overall economy of the United States. The Act was passed by the United States House of Representatives on Monday, Nov. 14 and by the United States Senate on Monday, Nov. 28.

Members of ARVC’s Public Affairs Committee and its coalition partners from RVIA and RVDA traveled to Capitol Hill this past summer to ask members of Congress for their support of the bill, which was introduced a year ago by Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire; and Senator Cory Gardner, R-Colorado. The Outdoor REC Act is expected to be signed into law by President Obama before the end of the year.

In the U.S., the outdoor recreation economy is a major driver of job creation and growth. However, unlike other major sectors in the U.S. economy, the federal government currently does not track the contributions of the outdoor recreation sector to economic growth. The data gained through the newly-authorized assessment and analysis will be crucial to help quantify the economic importance of outdoor recreation and to help inform the decisions that affect businesses and millions of RVers who recreate outside each year. It will also provide tools elected officials can use to make more informed policy decisions and to gain a better understanding of the role the outdoor industry has on the nation’s overall economic health.

“It is imperative for ARVC to work with our industry partners and present a unified voice to our lawmakers on legislation like this that will quantify the RV park and campground industry’s impact on the U.S. economy," ARVC Public Affairs Chairman Al Johnson says. "This bill provides the way for outdoor recreation to receive the consideration it deserves in Congress.”