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 .
Wed Jan 17, 2018
Author: Jeff Thomas
Citing the need for “a completely new approach,” the RVIA board of directors has voted to cancel both the 2018 National RV Trade Show and the 2019 RV Leadership Conference to work on a “more sexy and exciting” format.
“We are basically reinventing the show,” says Liz Crawford, senior vice president of events for the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, based in Reston, West Virginia. “The show was not reflective of the sexiness and appeal of the market. This is a sexy industry and that’s what led me to work here.”
Crawford, who has an extensive background in developing trade shows in many different industries, says the National, like that of many other industries, has gone down the same path for some 55 years and has become “stagnant.” The show is being moved to earlier in the year and will no longer be held at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, possibly indicating a move to warmer climes.
“There was not a lot of innovation and excitement,” says Crawford, who has been in her position for about a year. She says it was difficult to deliver good public relations value for the dealers involved in the show, as well, when it was held so late in the year.
While plans are still being developed, Crawford says the “unparalleled” innovation, new products, and education in the industry will be highlighted, as well as “raising the level of the service tech.”
A joint statement from RVIA Chairman Bob Parish and RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer says the show and leadership event cancellation were necessary “to focus and combine all efforts on launching a single, new, and fully reimagined event in the spring of 2019.
“We must act now to provide our vibrant and innovative industry a platform to promote its successes and celebrate its wins,” the joint statement says. “The opportunity exists to deliver an all-industry event featuring expanded innovation and market development, unparalleled education and training, and enhanced focus on improving customer service.
“Our $50 billion industry deserves an event that celebrates industry achievement across all segments and recognizes those companies and leaders who are innovating and moving the industry forward. The RV Industry Association is excited about launching this new event, and we will work closely with our board, members, dealers, and industry partners to ensure we maximize value for the entire RV industry.”