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 Feb 13, 2018
The time has come for the economic impact of outdoor recreation to be taken seriously by elected officials, says the president of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association, and as such industry officials are joining together with a long-standing traditional recreation lobbying group to form a more powerful lobby.
“Outdoor recreation deserves to be put in the same breath as other industries; it’s a big driver of the economy,” says RVDA President Phil Ingrassia. “We’re taking some of the good things with what we’ve had with industry representation and going to a wider representation.”
Ingrassia was describing the formation of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), which may provide a more powerful unified entity and a strong voice for outdoor recreation across America. The new organization combines the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, a coalition of America’s leading outdoor recreation trade associations, which was formed in 2017, and the American Recreation Coalition (ARC), an organization of recreation interests that has had a significant and positive impact on outdoor recreation for more than three decades.
The announcement was made in conjunction with a statement applauding the release of the first-ever government report recognizing the outdoor recreation industry as a significant economic contributor to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.
The newly elected chairman and vice chairman of ORR also spoke about the importance of the new organization and its mission, in an ORR press release.
“Protecting, promoting and enhancing recreational experiences on America’s public lands and waters are core values for those of us who are privileged to work in the outdoor recreation industry,” says Thom Dammrich, ORR chairman and president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. “We not only have the most at stake when it comes to preserving outdoor spaces, we also have the most at stake when it comes to moving policy forward and providing visitor services that meet the needs of the modern outdoor lifestyle.”
ORR Vice Chairman Frank Hugelmeyer, president of the RV Industry Association, says outdoor recreation is rising in both popularity and diversity.
“Consumer expectations have radically changed, while public land and water management have not kept up with their needs," Hugelmeyer says. "Because of this, industry leaders have searched for new ways to strengthen the collective voice of the outdoor recreation industry to ensure it remains a critical economic engine and growing pastime for all Americans.”
Joining Dammrich and Hugelmeyer as ORR officers are Glenn Hughes, president-elect of the American Sportfishing Association, who will serve as secretary, and Ingrassia, who will serve as treasurer.
“There’s going to be a lot more news coming,” says Ingrassia. “By shining a light on the overall economic contribution, we’re going to have an impact on policy makers, regulators and elected officials.”
To read the entire announcement, CLICK HERE.