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 .

RV News Exclusive: FRVTA Super Show Expecting 70,000

Mon Jan 16, 2017

145590686382277.jpgWith close to 1,500 RVs on display, close to 70,000 people in attendance and 420 supplier booths, the Florida Recreation Vehicle and Trade Association's Super Show is set to be the largest show in the association's 32-year history.

FRVTA Marketing Director Dave Kelly says the show's sheer size is the greatest testament of the return of the RV industry to prominence after the Great Recession that occurred eight years ago.

"We're seeing the industry come roaring back," Kelly says. "This is our 32nd year and we're seeing things coming back out of the recession stronger than before. Manufacturers are producing more different products and we're getting more and more spaces filled. It just gets bigger and bigger."

Last year's show attracted 63,000 over the five public days. However, some of the days were plagued by a lot of rain and that impacts a lot of the attendance since so much of the show is put on outside. This year, with clear days in the forecast, Kelly says the association is expecting to push the 70,000 attendance mark.

"So much depends on the weather," he says. "A lot of the show is outside. They wake up and it puts them off the whole day. But we're showing five days of good weather and this is the biggest show we've ever had for vehicles on display."

The show will be held from Tuesday Jan. 17 through Sunday Jan. 22 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. The show will have representation from every major RV manufacturer as well as hundreds of accessory booth exhibitors.

"We've been fortunate that the fairgrounds have been able to accommodate all of this," Kelly says. "We'll also have 900 rigs in the rally that stand in the ground. The fact that we've been able to expand the show as it's needed and make adjustments is great. The fairgrounds have been flexible enough to accommodate all of it."

Two full buildings full of booth exhibitors will be located on the fairgrounds as well. The booths will include RV suppliers, manufacturers, accessory suppliers and others not related to the RV industry that simply have set up shop to sell to consumers.

"It will be a good mix of first timers for seminars to see what's available. There will be a boat load of current RV owners," Kelly says. "There are so many parts and accessories in there. If it's not out here, I don't know where you could find it."

The first day of the show - Tuesday the 17th, is designed for RV related businesses and companies to visit the show and network with the show exhibitors without the hassle of big crowds during the public days. The other five days are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Sunday closes at 5 p.m.

Seminars will be held throughout the days on choosing the right RV, basic RV maintenance, weight and tire safety and others throughout the entirety of the show.

For more information, visit the link below.

Additional Information: http://www.frvta.org/show/florida-rv-supershow/