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 .
Tue May 9, 2017
CORAL SPRINGS, Florida - Cruise Inn has announced that Trent Arnold has been elevated to the position of President/CEO. He takes over for Scott Anderson, who is staying on to continue growing the company.
Arnold joined Cruise Inn last September as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, focusing on the areas of finance and treasury, and assisting in the advancement of the next generation of technology to be implemented at the company.
He has a long history in the hospitality and outdoor recreation industries, and was a key member of the founding team of CNL Lifestyle Properties, a Real Estate Investment Trust, where he served as Director of Investments. In that role, he focused on outdoor resorts, golf courses, marinas, ski areas and RV parks and campgrounds. Arnold then launched North Shore Partners, LLC, a boutique real estate and private equity advisory firm focused on the hospitality, outdoor recreation and commercial property industries, serving a select group of domestic and international clients. Arnold personally directed and led the growth of a number of companies as part of a multi-billion dollar portfolio.
“With the support of our Board of Directors, Scott and I have been working toward this planned transition since I joined the company last fall, and have worked together as partners to ensure a smooth and efficient change of leadership,” Arnold says. "I am grateful to Scott for his tremendous assistance in immediately making me part of the team and sharing the lessons learned under his leadership growing the company the last four years. Scott and I share the same vision for Cruise Inn and its role in changing the future of the RV Park industry with an innovative and proven marketing and branding offering that drives real value to park owners and creates the best experience for park guests in the industry, and I could not be more excited to be a part of this company’s future.”
Anderson spearheaded the launch of Cruise Inn in November 2013, providing an alternative for the independent RV Park/campground owner. Previously, he spent more than 30 years as a senior hospitality executive for the Hotel Del Coronado, Callaway Gardens, Cendant Corporation, Richfield Hospitality, High Country Hospitality, the destination club Dream Catcher and Kohler Hospitality and Real Estate Group. He was also Managing Director of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
“With the help and support of our members, we have gone from a complete start-up four years ago to a viable and successful force in the outdoor hospitality space," Anderson says. "We have proven that there is truly demand beyond just the park’s own website by successfully using the online travel agencies as partners and channels of distribution.
“Trent has my full confidence as he assumes this new role. He is well grounded in the outdoor hospitality industry having been an RVer himself with his family for many years. With his experience in the hospitality, development and financial worlds, he is very qualified to take Cruise Inn to the next level. I will continue to have an active role in the company, and will work under Trent’s direction supporting sales, marketing and technology at least through the end of 2017.”
Cruise Inn provides membership opportunities to RV Park and campground owners to increase their ROI through higher guest satisfaction; better revenue/yield management; meaningful loyalty programs; multiple booking channels, including its own CRS; and effective sales and marketing. Key member benefits include low fees, a simple contract, no penalties, a voice in all brand initiatives, member-directed standards and brand policies, innovative technology, PRS training, distribution marketing, worldwide sales and marketing, comprehensive support and a brand powered by trusted industry resources. In addition, Cruise Inn has a highly qualified member support team that provides sales and marketing assistance. The team’s mission is to ensure consistent implementation of standards and procedures. Members also benefit from delivered training programs and annual visits that ensure standards are maintained.