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 .
Fri Apr 7, 2017
OTTAWA, Ontario - Representatives from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada and the Canadian Camping and RV Council are on Parliament Hill to discuss the need for increased investments in tourism policies and infrastructure upgrades and the need for implementation of a fair tax regime for campgrounds across Canada.
As this year marks Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the RVDA of Canada and the CCRVC would like to ensure that individuals and families are able to explore Canada’s natural heritage both throughout this camping season and for generations to come, according to a press release.
RVing and camping in Canada has a considerable economic impact; the manufacturing, purchasing, servicing and use of recreation vehicles contributes billions to the Canadian economy each year. In fact, in 2011, the total economic activity associated with the Canadian recreation vehicle industry reached $14.5 billion. There are more than 4,231 campgrounds across Canada, each offering a unique experience for Canadians and international visitors.
The promotion of the RV sector and proper infrastructure in the existing parks are crucial to the growth of the RVing and camping industries, as well as a prosperous Canadian tourism sector, according to the press release. The RVing industry contributes billions to the national economy, but the more than 4,321 campgrounds across Canada require infrastructural improvements in order to accommodate new camping and RV technologies.
“RVing and camping are large components of tourism, both internally and externally," RVDA Chairman Sam Parks says. "There is a crucial need for this to be recognized by Destination Canada as a viable growth area for tourism in Canada.”
A fair tax regime and investment in the necessary infrastructural updates for small businesses would benefit the family-owned campgrounds and RV dealerships that enable Canadians and visitors alike to experience all that Canada has to offer. At present, campgrounds face about a 300 percent increase in their tax bills.
CCRVC Chairman Robert Trask has explained that this will result in campgrounds facing “a larger tax rate than major billion dollar corporations which is dumbfounding.”