Author: Carolina Duarte

Outdoor Industry: Powerful Economic Engine

Carve- Outdoor

  IT MAY BE STARTING TO GET COLD OUTSIDE. BUT OUR MINDS —AND SKETCH PADS— ARE ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT THE OUTDOORS.   According to the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), outdoor recreation in the United States is an economic powerhouse. It is among our nation’s largest economic sectors.  It generates annually $887 billion in consumer spending, that’s right -billion with a b! In addition, it also creates around 7.6 million jobs.   We are fortunate to live in a nation surrounded by natural beauty and inspiring landscapes. So, it is no wonder that American consumers are now spending more on outdoor recreation than they do on pharmaceuticals and fuel per year.[1]   Outdoor Industry Economy  Wondering how these $887 are billion spent? According to the OIA, consumer spending on outdoor recreation includes:   Trip and travel spending: including airfare, fuel, lodging, groceries, lessons and more. Recreation products: including gear, apparel, footwear, equipment, services and vehicle purchases...

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