Bureau of Economic Analysis data about rec’s economic impact.activities made up around 3% of Florida’s in 2020, which is higher than the less than 2% for the country overall, according to the most recent
The data also dictate thatactivities were a favorite choice even until 2021. Despite the , boating, fishing, RVing, hiking, and wildlife viewing were popular in 2020.
We do know that places that were open (in 2020) like Resources and Conservation, told a local report., they experienced tremendous growth that would not be seen in an economic analysis,” Taylor Stein, a professor with the University of Florida’s School of Forest
People are still spending money on staycations, and the fact is, when they couldn’t go to Europe they turned to the U.S. and their national and state .”
The economic value of traditionalwas responsible for more than 37% of the U.S. value-added experiences in 2020. This was an increase from 30% of the previous year, according to the BEA.
A major reason for this growth was greater spending on boating and fishing, the report added.topped the list with a whopping $3.8 billion in in 2020.
vehicle travel, also known as RVing, also grew in popularity. It contributed to more than $19 billion in .
The popularity of RVing, along with other activities such as kayaking and wildlife watching, is generating interest in national and state—to the point that many people could face a difficult time finding campsites.
In a 2021 survey, theState Foundation, an organization that raises funds to support state , observed that 76% of people come to Florida’s state to . It’s their most-loved activity.
“(State and national) realized they’re the safe places, they’re some of the few places ( ) can get to and be reasonably safe,” he said.
From 2019 to 2020, BEA research revealed that theindustry accounted for more than 4% of the state’s . This is over the more than 2 percent for the U.S. overall.
However, when all value-addedwas taken into account, the for 2020 fell significantly from 2019.
This was due to nationalindustry shutdowns which affected activities that were not part of conventional activities like amusement , festivals, and more. While these aren’t normally related to , the BEA considers them to be an element of the overall economics of , the local report added.
However, it’s nature-based experiences that mattered, turning into “spaces of refuge” during the toughest times of the Outdoor Industry Association., said Lise Aangeenbrug, executive director of
She also highlighted that over half of Americans older than 6 had someactivity experience in 2020, which is the most participation rate recorded by her group.
Aangeenbrug observed that this trend lasted through 2021. She cited figures that indicated the growth of 20% in the selling of backpacks, tents coolers, andgear.
Freedom Week, the fishing equipment and kayaks, among other things.tax , was also launched in July last year. State leaders slashed the sales tax on gear as well as
Stein believes that the high level of enthusiasm foractivities will decrease once the is over, citing research that revealed that many non-traditional users became interested due to the absence of other options.
However, he is motivated by the strong statewide appeal.
“I want them to get outside,” he said. “I want them spending their timeand spending money on it.”