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 .

Jellystone Park at Lazy River Wins Entrepreneur of the Year

Tue Dec 13, 2016

GARDINER, New York - The Jellystone Park at Lazy River is not only one of the most popular places to camp in the Hudson River Valley. It’s also one of the most successful Jellystone Parks in the country.

For the second time in two years, in fact, Connor Lawrence and his team at the 240-site Jellystone Park at Lazy River have earned the national “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” from Leisure Systems, Inc., the Milford, Ohio-based company that franchises Yogi Bear themed campgrounds.

Lawrence and his team won the awards after scoring the highest year-over-year gains in occupancy and revenue of any park of their size in the 82-unit Jellystone Park network.

Revenues and occupancies were up 54 percent this year, compared to last year’s figures, while 2015 figures were double those of the year before.

“We’re moving in the right direction,” Lawrence says, who manages the Jellystone Park on behalf of Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Northgate Resorts, which purchased the campground from Lawrence’s family in late 2014.

He says business is growing in response to sizeable investments by Northgate Resorts the past two years, which include the installation of a 40,000 square foot water zone with two 100-foot water slides, a water cannon and spray features; a laser tag arena; a jumping pillow; and a fishing pond, which has become quite popular with campers.

“We continually stock our fishing pond,” Lawrence says. “People really enjoy it. We get a lot of kids who have never gone fishing before.”

This past year, the park also added a second GaGa ball pit; expanded its basketball court; and replaced its nine- hole mini golf course with a brand new 18-hole miniature golf course with lights so that it can be used at night. The park also added a soccer field and a sand volleyball court.

In the past two years, the park also has added 50 new rental cabins bringing the total of cabins onsite to 62. The park’s campsites include five Red Carpet riverfront campsites with private frontage along the Wallkill River, complete with water, sewer, electricity and cable television hookups. The Red Carpet sites include 40- by 20-foot concrete pads.

Northgate plans to add 40 more campsites next year, including 11 Red Carpet sites, all of which are expected to be completed by Independence Day weekend.

Other improvements for 2017 will include portable hot tub rentals; an expanded pool deck and outdoor eating area; as well as a new check-in building, complete with a new laundry facility and restrooms.