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 .
Thu Jan 26, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS - The Midwest Outdoor Expo is scheduled to kick off March 24-26 at Lucas Oil Stadium. This expo will feature hundreds of exhibitors from all over the Midwest including those from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio showcasing RV's, boats, bicycles, power sports, outdoor living, accessories and much more.
The Midwest Outdoor Expo is debuting in Indianapolis this year by bringing together more than 30,000 outdoor adventure lovers, young and old alike, under one roof. What started as a simple conversation between Jay and Lincoln Hine from Hine Productions and Brett Cole from Lucas Oil Stadium quickly became one of the premier outdoor enthusiast opportunities in the country.
For the first time ever, experience Indianapolis' skyline from one of two tethered Hot Air Balloons at Lucas Oil Stadium and see the Indianapolis skyline like no one has before.
The first Annual Midwest Outdoor Expo spans three days in conjunction with the Nike Midwest Qualifier Volleyball Tournament held on Friday, March 24 through Sunday March 26 at the Indiana Convention Center. It is a mingling of ages and interests with the purpose of showcasing all the greatest outdoor lifestyles – from a Vintage RV Showcase to the biggest Midwest Tiny Home Exhibit and alternative housing, including Yurts, to a variety of seminars all with the purpose of educating, connecting and inspiring. The very heartbeat of the concept behind the event is to connect the outdoor community.
In addition to a line-up of exhibitors, the Expo will be hosting seminar speakers, demonstrations and entertainment for the whole family. Daily activities for children of all ages include balloon sculptures, face painting, magic shows and live music. For the more adventurous family members, rock wall climbing, bungee trampoline, zipline and an inflatable park can be found in the Family & Kids Zone.
It comes as no surprise to outdoor enthusiasts that the recreational and outdoor industry has experienced tremendous growth in the past 3-4 years. Some of the exhibitors displaying on the Exhibitors Deck include Camping World, Pete's RV, Total Value RV, Marine Center of Indianapolis, Denny's Marina, Just Add Water Boats, Yurts of America, Behr and the Disabled American Veterans. For a complete list of exhibitors, visit www.midwestoutdoorexpo.com.
General admission is $12 for adults. Children 15 and under are $3 and children 3 and under are free.
This Year's Midwest Outdoor Expo Hours:
Friday, March 24: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. (First Responders Day)
Saturday, March 25: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Veterans Day)
Sunday, March 26: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Family Day)