Winnebago Industries Inc. recently showcased the all-new high-mileage Class A Winnebago Via motorhome for participants in the Forum on Stimulating Economic Vitality and Resource Conservation, a gathering of top national and state tourism and park leaders hosted by the U.S. Department of Interior.
Held in downtown Washington, D.C., on Sept. 15, the forum allowed key RV industry leaders, state tourism officials, the managers of public lands covering more than one-third of the nation’s surface and others to discuss increasing visits by Americans to national parks while making this use sustainable, and to see how changes in RVs will help the RV lifestyle remain popular in an era of new focus on “green” living, according to a news release.
Forum participants included state and local government officials, gateway community and tribal leaders as well as tourism and recreation industry representatives.
Keynote addresses were delivered by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, both members of the president’s Cabinet. Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Richard Coon and American Recreation Coalition (ARC) President Derrick Crandall briefed the secretaries on RV travel and innovations as they toured the Via. The event also recognized innovations in RVing that have made the industry more eco-friendly, fuel and cost efficient.
“We were delighted by the positive focus of the administration’s comments at the forum – about its commitment to strengthen the link between Americans and the Great Outdoors. Both secretaries noted the immense economic importance of the RV industry and related recreation businesses,” said Crandall. “The Winnebago Via’s eye-catching styling, exclusive features and impressive fuel economy were a real hit with meeting attendees.”