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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
The Battle Creek Camper and RV Show opens Thursday and runs through Sunday at the Kellogg Arena in downtown Battle Creek.
Darren Ing, the director of the Michigan Association of Recreational Vehicles and Campgrounds, says the association is expecting about 2,500 people to show up during the weekend’s event, another increase in the show’s attendance.
“From an industry standpoint, it’s one of our smallest shows. But this is our first show of the season and we are pleased in the fact that we are completely sold out both from an exhibitor and a dealer standpoint,” Ing says. “I think that speaks very highly to the confidence of our dealers and exhibitors that they feel 2017 is going to be a very strong year in purchasing an RV and those individuals who are looking to camp in Michigan.”
The show debuted in 1988 and continued for 20 years before being put on a 3-year hiatus during the recession years of 2008-10. The show picked up again in 2011, where about 1,900 people attended. Over the last seven years the show has been in operation, it has increased in attendance every year, Ing says.
This year will have a little bit of a different setup than in previous years. Because of fortuitous good weather, MARVAC will place seven additional larger units outside the arena under a pavilion area. The units will include a type A and B motorhome, a park model and a few travel trailers.
“It will be done in a way to draw attention and raise awareness to consumers and surrounding businesses that we’re conducting an RV show this weekend,” Ing says.
Inside Kellogg Arena, the show has more travel trailers and fifth wheels than it has ever had on display. Ing says that is a result of more interest toward the towables than ever before and the show’s dealers and personnel have responded in kind.
The show features more than 50 units in more than 15 brands. Giveaways from eight participating campgrounds will highlight the show.
Admission is $7 per person, while ages 55 and older are $6 each and children 12 and under are free. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, while Saturday goes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“I’d like to say that doing this show on the west side of the state of Michigan is a great opportunity for consumers to be part of the first MARVAC show of the year,” Ing says. “It’s the kickoff to know what is new for 2017 and these dealers to raise awareness and get people excited and get ready for the camping season. Our dealers are very confident that this will be a great year from a standpoint of purchasing an RV. Consumer confidence in the state is remaining strong; our economy is doing well and all signs from a national and state perspective indicate that 2017 should surpass the numbers from 2016.”