For the third year in a row, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has declared July as “Michigan Camping & Recreation Vehicle Month.”
According to a press release, camping is a key contributor to the state’s over $17 billion tourism industry. The declaration supports the economic and recreational contributions that the camping industry provides to Michigan’s overall tourism, as well as promoting camping as a year-round inexpensive and family-friendly recreation option.
Michigan has more than 1,300 licensed, private recreation vehicle parks and state-run campgrounds, with more than 145,000 licensed campsites. This includes state parks, forests and recreation areas across the state. A study by Michigan State University shows that 10% of all pleasure travelers in Michigan are campers. Michigan also boasts over 315,000 licensed recreation vehicles, including motorhomes and travel trailers.
Michigan’s two nonprofit camping organizations, the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles & Campgrounds (MARVAC) and the Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) of Michigan, equally promote and support private campgrounds and RV parks throughout the state.
All state lands are managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, while the national parks and lakeshores are managed by the National Park Service and/or the U.S. Forest Service. Campgrounds and RVing are promoted by Travel Michigan and their award-winning Pure Michigan campaign.
For more information visit www.MichiganCampingAndRVMonth.
Consumers, weary from an extended Michigan winter, turned out in record numbers for last weekend’s Northwest Michigan Camper and RV Show in Traverse City, according to a press release.
The show, sponsored by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles & Campgrounds (MARVAC), ran March 22-24 at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center and recorded the highest show attendance in over seven years.
Thirty-seven new recreation vehicles were on display at the event. Organizers reported that “show visitors were enthusiastic and dealers and vendors were encouraged by the great interest.”
Bill Sheffer, director of MARVAC, noted, “It was great to see attendance was up and it was nice to see so many smiling faces as attendees toured the many units at the show. There were a variety of exciting RV and camper features on display for everyone in attendance.”
All five of MARVAC’s 2013 camper and RV shows had outstanding attendance this year, an indication the industry and the economy have started to bounce back, said Sheffer, adding that attendance, sales and reservations were boosted across the board.
MARVAC is a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging growth in the recreation vehicle and private campground industries while contributing to Michigan tourism. For more information, visit www.marvac.org.
The 36th Annual Flint Camper & RV Show, sponsored by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles & Campgrounds (MARVAC), showed a 34% increase in attendance from last year.
According to a press release, the March 14-17 event was marked by an “enthusiastic” mood among attendees, generating steady sales for RV dealers and vendors.
“The Flint RV Show, and the Flint market, have been great for our industry over the last three decades,” said Tim DeWitt, MARVAC executive director. “As we know, from an economic standpoint, this area of the state has been experiencing difficulties for a few years now. An increase in show visitors may be a good sign that Flint is on its way back. Both RV dealers and campgrounds experienced success with sales and reservations.”
Longtime RVer and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson made an appearance Friday to speak with dealers and attendees. MARVAC reported she was impressed with many of the luxury RVs on display.
DeWitt noted that even the inclement weather on Saturday did not impact attendance. “There was an energized atmosphere at the show, from dealers to campgrounds and attendees,” said DeWitt. “With spring right around the corner, it was clear that RVers and campers were gearing up for a wonderful season ahead.”
MARVAC is currently planning for its final winter show in Traverse City. For information on visit www.marvac.org.
The 47th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show, sponsored by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles & Campgrounds (MARVAC), experienced record breaking show attendance.
The show, which ran from Feb. 6-10, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, recorded over 21,000 attendees – a 13% increase over last year’s record attendance and “the best show in 12 years,” according to a news release.
MARVAC reported that 291 new recreation vehicles were on display, adding that “show visitors were enthusiastic while dealers and vendors were encouraged by the large turnout.”
Gary Becker, owner of Indigo Bluffs Resort in Empire, Mich., was pleased with the interest and engagement of the show attendees, noting, “This was a positive sign that there is a continued growth in the RV and camping lifestyle. People are interested in committing to outdoor recreation.”
According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), 2012 showed substantial growth in the number of RV shipments compared to 2011 figures. The Detroit Camper & RV Show is an indication this trend could continue through 2013.
“The attendance for this show was phenomenal and it’s obvious the camping and outdoor lifestyle is growing,” said Dave Rochette, owner of Westland Camping Center. “Interests are across-the-board, ranging from the small, less-expensive models, to the larger, luxury models. Some new RVs even include island kitchens, which seemed to be very popular with buyers.”
MARVAC also sponsors shows in Battle Creek, Flint and Traverse City. For information on these shows, visit www.marvac.org.
The Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show, sponsored by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles & Campgrounds (MARVAC), recorded over 11,000 in attendance representing a 20% increase over 2011. The show ran October 3-7 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.
According to a press release, 200 new recreation vehicles were on display, representing 50 brands, along with 30 booths featuring campgrounds, parts and accessories and lending institutions.
“We were pleased to see that the record RV show attendance we’re seeing in other shows across the country this fall, carried over to our show here in southeast Michigan,” MARVAC Director Bill Sheffer stated. “We’re anticipating a very strong 2013 in Michigan, with continued success in the RV industry overall.”
In Michigan, RV sales continue the upward trend as MARVAC reported that through July there has been an increase in new RV sales of 21.3%. This represents sales of 8,869 units, compared to 7,309 units at this time last year. The 8,869 unit figure is split into two categories—towables (8,361) and motorized (508), showing increases over 2011 of 21.9% and 13.4% respectively.
MARVAC also sponsors the Detroit Camper & RV Show in February, as well as shows in Battle Creek, Flint and Traverse City. For information on these shows, visit www.marvac.org.