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 .

PCOA Convention Attracts 65 Exhibitors, 170 Attendees

Wed Dec 21, 2016

The 2016 Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association Convention was held at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pennsylvania on Dec. 12-14. It was an exceptional event, with everyone in an upbeat mood in the spirit of the holidays, according to a press release.

The keynote speaker on Wednesday was Matt Booth, who spoke on “What’s the Value of Your Attitude?”

Twelve seminars were conducted throughout the event. They included the following:

• Campground Property Insurance Is Changing. Is Your Park Covered? by Irene Jones
• Deciphering the New 2017 Electrical Code by Wade Elliott
• Food Tourism and Its Importance to the Campground by Donna Quadri-Felitti
• Running a Top-Notch Retail Store by Georganne Bender
• Gleanings from the KOA Survey by Nicole Poisson
• Preparing for the Millennials by Scott Anderson
• Utilizing PCOA Benefits Panel Presentation Moderated by Kathy Stetler
• Digital Trends in the Marketplace by Dawn Watanabe
• Communicate With Attitude by Matt Booth
• RV Site Electrical: Hands-On Training by Wade Elliot
• Marketing and Branding by Josiah Brown
• Landscaping to Increase Business Value and Guest Experience by Keith Phelps
• Capturing the First-Timer by Josiah Brown
• Themed Weekends With Pizazz Panel Presentation Moderated by Debby Yeager
• The Importance of Having a Business Plan by Mike Guervich

Twelve round tables also were held during the event, with Matt May coordinating the tables. The topics discussed included the following.

• Doing Email Marketing - Matt May
• Dealing With Local Township Issues - Rick Yeager
• Increasing Midweek Reservations - Ryan McFarland
• Improving Your Campground’s Image - Tim Cartmell
• Getting Your Seasonals to Participate in Activities - Bruce Heasley
• Training Employees - Mark Wineman
• Keeping Control of Your Operations Costs - Jed Wood
• Keeping Up With Social Media - Debby Cartmell
• Developing a Dog Park - Bill Sujansky
• What is in Your Seasonal Agreement? - James Kesterke
• Controlling Pests - David Mull
• Choosing Reservation Software - Jonathan Ammary

During the trade show, 65 exhibitors were present, including a great variety of dealers such as log cabin dealers, equipment dealers, shirt vendors, advertising, entertainers, food distributors, software providers, printers, online reservation systems, water treatment solutions, souvenirs. They all reported excellent sales, according to a press release.

The Pennsylvania Auction raised funds for educational endeavors, including the National School of RV Park and Campground Management. Thanks to the generosity of the vendors and campground owners, a total of $15,065 was raised.

During the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, the winners of the 2016 Scholarships were announced. Jacob Hagofsky, Buttercup Woodlands Campground, was awarded a full scholarship to the National School of RV Park and Campground Management in Wheeling, West Virginia. Savannah Sheaffer was awarded up to $1,000 and Juliana Sheaffer was awarded up to $500 for a college or university course. Both girls are from Pinch Pond Campground, Manheim, Pennsylvania.

A total of 170 attendees from 84 registered campgrounds were in attendance, as well as three out-of-state campgrounds.