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 .
Fri Dec 16, 2016
The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable has released a letter supporting the nomination by President-Elect Donald Trump of U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Montana, to serve as United States Secretary of the Interior, an appointment of utmost importance to the outdoor recreation industry.
Both land and water management are under the direction of the Department of Interior, with policies directly impacting America's recreational access to federally managed lands and waterways, according to the letter.
As background, the OUtdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable is a coalition made up of America's leading outdoor recreation trade associations. ORIR represents the thousand sof U.S. businesses that produce and provide equipment, gear, apparel, vehicles and services for the 142 million Americans who enjoy the nation's public lands, waterways and byways. Spanning outdoor recreational activities such as boating, fishing, hunting, camping, snow sports and powersports, and including recreational vehicles, outdoor equipment and clothing used to pursue these activities, the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable is dedicated to growing diverse outdoor participation, expanding recreational access for Americans, promoting conservation and bolstering sustainable domestic jobs. The outdoor recreation industry generates $646 billion per yer in economic activity and provides an estimated 6.1 million direct jobs.
As a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, hunter and angler, Zinke understands the importance of access to and funding for America's public lands and waters and the outdoor industry's critical economic impact, according to the letter.
Zinke was a co-sponsor of the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2016, which was recently signed into law and ensures that outdoor recreation jobs are counted by the federal government and will be measured as part of the overall GDP for the first time ever.
"We look forward to working with him and the team at the Department of Interior to advance the outdoor recreation sector, grow jobs in the U.S. and ensure robust public access and treasured experiences in the outdoors that also boost our nation's physical and mental well-being," the letter says.