New York Camping Makes a Big Impact on the Economy

Campers are having an impact on the New York state economy – a big impact – according to a recent study commissioned by Campground Owners of New York (CONY).

Data collected by Tourism Economics shows that New York campgrounds generated a total statewide economic impact of more than $1.2 billion in 2015 alone. That figure takes into account both on- and off-site spending on items like transportation, recreation, food and beverage, as well as employee wages and significant tax impacts.

On-site spending in New York jumped nearly 20 percent between 2007 and 2012, more than any other Northeastern state included in the study, and much more than the 8 percent national average. The numbers show an increased interest in New York campgrounds, more than 65 percent of which are privately owned.

"I am very happy with the results of this study,” said Donald Bennett Jr., president and CEO of CONY. “I always knew the economic impact of camping was much more significant than our industry has been given credit for in the past. With the growth of our industry in the outdoor recreation arena, camping and RVing has become a significant economic driver to the New York state travel and tourism economy.”

The study also found a significant fiscal impact on the state economy by campgrounds. The total fiscal impact attributable to New York campgrounds in 2015 included $97 million in state and local taxes and $107 million in federal taxes. An additional impact was made on jobs in New York: $456 million in salaries and wages and nearly 12,000 total jobs were supported statewide by the camping industry in 2015.

Bennet continued, “With the unbelievable growth in the number of RVs being manufactured and sold over the past few years, as well as future sales projections, I believe the economic impact of this industry will continue to increase and continue to be the great tourism driver that it is here in New York state.”

CONY recognizes nine distinct regions of New York state: Greater Niagara, Chautauqua-Allegheny, Finger Lakes, Thousand Islands-Seaway, The Adirondacks, Central New York, Capital-Saratoga, The Catskills and Hudson Valley/Long Island.

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About CONY

Campground Owners of New York, founded in 1963, is an association dedicated to the promotion, growth, improvement and development of privately owned campgrounds in New York State. More information about the association and its campgrounds – including a free camping directory – is available at and