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 .

Park Service Struggles with Government Shutdown

Mon Jan 7, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

154688080332626.jpgThe U.S. National Park Service (NPS) is turning to alternative funding sources in an effort to keep as many national parks open as possible during the partial shutdown of the U.S. government.
“Over the last few days the Acting Secretary of the Department of the Interior David Bernhardt and the NPS have explored a number of options to address the maintenance and sanitation issues that have arisen at a number of highly visited parks,” NPS Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith says, “while keeping our commitment to the American public to ensure they have access to their lands.

“The NPS currently has funds derived from entrance, camping, parking and other fees collected from park visitors that would typically be used for future projects at parks. After consultation with the Office of the Solicitor at the Department of the Interior, it has been determined that these funds can and should be used to provide immediate assistance and services to highly visited parks during the lapse in appropriations.”

Smith says that in the coming days, NPS will use these funds to remove trash, clean restrooms, restore road accessibility for parks and bring in law-enforcement rangers to patrol accessible areas. So far, the parks have been using donations from private concession companies and park non-profit groups to keep some parks accessible on a limited basis even though the parks are not officially open.

“As the lapse in appropriations continues, it has become clear that highly visited parks with limited staff have urgent needs that cannot be addressed solely through the generosity of our partners, Smith says. “We are taking this extraordinary step to ensure that parks are protected, and that visitors can continue to access parks with limited basic services.”

The National Park Hospitality Association (NPHA), the trade association of businesses that provide lodging, food, services and goods to the National Park System has applauded the use of these funds to protect parks and their visitors.

“NPHA has actively supported visitor fee retention by federal recreation providers and use of collected funds for visitor-related purposes, NPHA Chairman Scott Socha says. “That position is clearly reflected in 16 U.S. Code Chapter 87 – Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement. NPHA also strongly supports learning from experiences arising from federal shutdowns where parks and park visitors are unintended victims of the inability of the White House and the Congress to reach agreement on appropriated funding.”