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 .
Mon Mar 13, 2017
BURLINGTON, Ontario - The Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association has announced that it set record numbers for attendance during last week’s Toronto Spring Camping & RV Show and Sale which ended on March 5 at The International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.
More importantly, Dealer Exhibitors were extremely pleased with their retail activity during the 4-Day RV Show with many calling it their “best in years," according to a press release.
The RV Show billed as “The BIG One” did not disappoint consumers as seen by countless positive messages and feedback on the Show’s social media pages. The 10- 12 percent attendance increase in 2017 followed extremely positive results from previously held RV Shows throughout Canada this year. CRVA believes that the encouraging statistics from all the RV Shows provide proof that the Canadian RV Industry is rebounding, according to the press release.
The Toronto Spring Camping & RV Show offered a Grand Prize RV & Camping Accessory package worth more than $15,000 that included a new sport edition Rockwood Folding Tent Camper from Forest River which proved to be very successful once again in contributing to bringing new buyers to the RV Show.
“We had several computer tablets set up in front of the RV for attendees to enter into a draw and the display area was a zoo the whole show,” CRVA Executive Director Shane Devenish says.
“We conducted pre and post show surveys last year in order to get a better understanding from consumers why they attended The Toronto Spring Camping and RV Show,” CRVA Show Director Shannon O’Callaghan says. "We found that 26 percent of the people who attended last year were looking to purchase a new RV, 28 percent were looking at buying RV Accessories while a whopping 44.5 percent of all attendees were eager to learn more about the industry”.
With this in mind, The Toronto Spring Camping and RV Show included a seminar this year called Go RVing for Beginners: Learn about the RV Lifestyle which was extremely well attended every day. CRVA also added a “Go RVing Canada Activity Zone” which provided the opportunity to inform potential consumers on the industry and offered a new Go Pro Hero for posting pictures on social media.
“We recognize that we need to educate potential buyers before they feel comfortable making a financial investment in purchasing a new RV," O'Callaghan says. "We are concentrating on ways to do exactly that in everything that our RV Show does”.
New to the 2017 Show, The Parks Canada Pavilion provided several interactive kiosks educating consumers about camping activities in Canada. Additionally, to help celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday, Parks Canada handed out hundreds of free Discovery Passes during the show.
CRVA would also like to thank Forest River, Dometic, Truma, Fish TV, Havelock Country Jamboree, My Custom Sports Chair, Toyota Canada, Lund Boats, Aqua-Tek, True Canadian Outdoors, Core Online Marketing and Coleman Canada for their tremendous support and contribution to the success of the 2017 Toronto Spring Camping and RV Show, according to the press release.