RVIA Economic Impact Study

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 .

California to Establish Office of Outdoor Recreation

Thu Sep 6, 2018
Author: RV News Staff

151638138871334.pngCalifornia passed a bill, Assembly Bill 1918, to establish the Office of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation (OREC).

The RV Industry Association, along with other members of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, supports governors in all 50 states to establish outdoor recreation offices. California is the 12th state to do so. Other states that have created outdoor recreation offices or task forces are: Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming.

California’s OREC is tasked with fostering a positive outdoor recreation environment in the state by promoting economic development and job growth; developing vital data on the impacts of outdoor recreation; recommending and coordinating policies to increase and enhance recreational activities and experiences; and serving as a central point of coordination for the growing outdoor recreation industry.

In 2018 the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported for the first time ever that outdoor recreation represents more than 2 percent of the domestic GDP and contributes $673 billion to the US economy. Even more significant, during the period of 2012 to 2016, outdoor recreation grew faster than the U.S. economy overall. In California, the RV industry has an economic impact of $4.7 billion and accounts for approximately 27,000 jobs. California is third biggest market for RVs.