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Representatives from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canadaand the Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC) are on Parliament Hill today to urge the federal government to address critical infrastructure needs for the industry.
“Going hand in hand with RVing, campgrounds are the primary destination of Canadian RV customers,” addedMaryse Catellier, CCRVC President. “Campgrounds offer an opportunity for families to spend time together, create life-long memories and discover the beauty of Canada’s natural landscape. They also stimulate economic activity in small communities across the country.”
In 2011, Canadians spent $1.6 billion by staying at one of the 3,000 independently owned and operated campgrounds in Canada. That same year the total economic activity associated with the Canadian RV industry reached $14.5 billion.
As campground services continue to rise in demand, critical infrastructure needs – such as sizing requirements to accommodate larger RVs and access to appropriate electrical outlets and waste disposal facilities – remain unfunded.
Together, the RV and campground industries play an important role in the health of Canada’s tourism sector and make a significant contribution to Canada’s economy. In order to keep this momentum going, dedicated investment in tourism policies to support the RV and campground industry is urgently needed.
The RVDA of Canada and the CCRVC make the following recommendations to the federal government:
- Provide targeted and dedicated investment in camping/RV infrastructure in Canada’s National Parks.
- Have CTC advertising and messaging include particular reference to RV and Camping opportunities to those target markets where RV rentals are being offered in Canada. Promotion should gear towards highlighting a new way to discover Canada.
- Equate public campsite rates with those of independently owned campgrounds and extend the operating seasons ofCanada’s historic parks and canal systems to help finance infrastructure improvements.
- Reduce the Canada Small Business Financing Program’s two per cent registration fee and eliminate the aggressive repayment schedule to make the program accessible to businesses that operate seasonally.
“Investing in RV and camping infrastructure will play a critical role in the overall contributions of the tourism industry to future economic development and prosperity,” Catellier said.
“Not only is RVing in Canada an exceptional way to travel, but it also has a considerable impact on the Canadian economy,” concluded Redmond. “We look forward to continuing to work with government and key stakeholders to ensure that proactive roles are being taken to develop policies that support all travel and tourism, and recognize RVing as a prosperous tourism activity.”
The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada is a national, volunteer federation of provincial and regional RVDA associations and their members, who have united to form a professional trade association for all businesses involved in the recreation vehicle industry.
The Canadian Camping and RV Council is a Canada-wide industry association that represents approximately 1500 campgrounds as well as RV manufacturers and retailers. Its mission is to support Canada’s camping and RV industries, foster projects to enhance the camping experience for Canadians and international visitors and work with federal decision makers to ensure a thriving Canadian tourism sector.
SOURCE Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has proclaimed the month of May as “Recreation Vehicle and Camping Month” for the 23rd straight year.
“The unique sites, history and culture of Pennsylvania can be discovered by the entire family from the comfort and convenience of recreational vehicles,” he said. “I encourages all citizens to pursue their passions and escape with their families on the road across the farthest reaches of our state.”
RVing and camping continues to be a strong force for Pennsylvania’s economy. From campgrounds that extend to the outermost corners of the state to RV dealerships, suppliers, distributors and service providers, Pennsylvania is an example of how people embrace the joys and benefits of RVing.
As host to the industry’s largest industry and retail RV show in the country at the Giant Center in Hershey, (www.largestRVshow.com), Pennsylvania introduces consumers to the latest products the RV industry has to offer. Visitors are even welcomed into Pennsylvania with seven statewide billboards directing them to the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) website.
Rebecca Lenington, PRVCA executive vice president, noted, “In conjunction with the governor’s proclamation, PRVCA is kicking off its annual Open House campaign. The goal of the Open House campaign is to direct consumers to their local campgrounds and dealerships and expose them to the many benefits of RV ownership and the freedom that traveling by RV provides.” To view the campgrounds and RV dealerships in your area, visit www.prvca.org and click on “Member Listings.”
Not only does the RV industry offer a great way to discover Pennsylvania, but it also offers career opportunities and apprenticeships to the many campgrounds and RV dealerships across the state of Pennsylvania. People can even become a trained RV technician from the comfort and convenience of their home with online instruction. For more details, visit www.prvca.org and click on “Training.”
RVers can also learn more about Pennsylvania’s outdoor recreation opportunities by ordering a free copy of the 2013 RV and camping guide, Explore Pennsylvania. The 52-page publication includes feature articles on fun tips and helpful camping hints along with a full PRVCA membership directory connecting readers to hundreds of campgrounds, dealerships, suppliers and manufacturers.
For more information about PRVCA or for a free copy of Explore Pennsylvania, please call (888) 303-2887, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.paRVing.com.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA’s) biannual Campfire Canvass reports 36% of RV owners plan to travel more this fall and winter than last year, 38% plan to travel the same amount and just 9% plan to travel less often, according to a news release.
Top reasons for taking more RV trips include enjoying outdoor activity (76%), escaping stress and pressure (67%), and spending more time with family (51%). Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents said they plan to take more mini-vacations (2-4 days).
“RVing is the best way to see our great country, spend time outdoors, and reconnect with family and friends,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. “No other travel option offers consumers the freedom, flexibility and value that RVs do.”
Along with getting outdoors, escaping stress and spending time with family, another primary reason why millions of owners will be traveling and enjoying the RV lifestyle this fall/winter is because they appreciate the value that RV travel delivers. Nearly 90% said that RVing is an affordable way to travel. Three-quarters said they save at least 25% when traveling in their RV compared to other types of travel, while 34% save 35-50%. This echoes a 2011 study by PKF, an international travel and tourism consulting company, which found that RVing is 23% to 59% less expensive than other types of vacations for a family of four.
In addition to saving on rising hotel costs and airfares, RV owners also avoid the expense of eating most meals in restaurants as other forms of travel require. According to the RVIA survey, 92% of RV owners said they eat at least two meals a day onboard their RVs.
Despite these uncertain economic times, 47% said that they’re considering another RV purchase, with 79% of those respondents citing the availability of “great deals” in today’s RV market. More than 57% will attend RV retail shows this fall and winter.
Of those not considering another RV purchase within the next two years, 85% said it’s because they’re happy with their current RV.
Owners surveyed will use their RVs in a variety of ways during the fall/winter travel season:
- 73% of the respondents said that they plan to sightsee.
- 64% visit state parks and 57% national parks.
- 53% plan to visit friends/family.
- 50% will attend festivals or fairs.
The survey also reveals that owners are physically active on their RV trips. For example, 54% said they enjoy hiking, 48% fishing/hunting, 31% biking and 14% canoeing and kayaking. Approximately 14% of RVers plan to tailgate at football games this fall — 53% will tailgate college games and 39% NFL.
Results also show that holiday travel remains popular with RV owners. Among the respondents, 48% said they plan to travel in their RVs over the Thanksgiving weekend and 25% over the Christmas/Hanukkah season.
Empty nester couples are planning to hit the road in a big way, as well. Nearly 80% said they’re planning to travel with schools back in session. With children in the classroom, empty nesters enjoy smaller crowds (64%), more peace and quiet (59%) and lower cost because of off-season discounts (52%).