Leisure Systems Inc., the franchisor of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Parks, has temporarily waived its franchise initiation fees as part of a strategic move to expand the company’s presence in the family campground business, according to a news release.
The promotion, which is being offered as the 75-location Jellystone-park chain celebrates its 41st anniversary, is being promoted as Peter Yesawich and other travel industry experts forecast continued growth in demand for family friendly vacations.
“Travel industry research shows continuing strong interest in family travel, and we believe that modifying our franchise offer will be an effective way to encourage high-quality, family-oriented campgrounds to leverage our brand name and business model to grow their businesses,” said Rob Schutter, Leisure Systems’ COO.
Five independent campgrounds have already signed agreements to join the Jellystone Park chain in time for this year’s spring and summer travel season, and more are expected to sign on later this year, Schutter said.
The newest Jellystone Parks are located in the following cities:
- Bloomington, Ind.: Cedar Ridge Camping Resort, a five-year-old former private membership resort, will reopen April 16 as Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Lake Monroe. The park, which features 92 RV sites, 12 cabins and forested areas for primitive tent camping, is currently undergoing $200,000 worth of cosmetic improvements.
- Burleson, Texas: Rustic Creek Ranch, which recently doubled its size to include 248 RV sites and 37 fully furnished luxury cabins, will become the North Texas Jellystone Park.
- Donalsonville, Ga.: The park, formerly known as Trail’s End Resort & Marina, will join the Jellystone Park chain on April 1. The park, which is currently undergoing an expansion, will feature 39 RV and tent sites, nine cabins and six floating condos on Lake Seminole, which is popular with bass fishing enthusiasts.
- Forsyth, Mo.: Shoal’s Bend RV Resort will officially join the Jellystone Park chain on April 1. The park has recently undergone more than $80,000 in improvements, including larger campsites, upgraded campsites with patios and outdoor chimineas, new landscaping, remodeled bathrooms and a new dog walk. A 20- by 60-foot outdoor pavilion is also expected to be completed by April 1.
- Swansea, S.C.: River Bottom Farms RV Resort & Campground will become the first Jellystone Park in South Carolina. The 43-acre park on the North Edisto River has five stocked fishing ponds and 70 campsites.
Schutter said the franchise promotion is available to private campgrounds and RV parks that meet Leisure Systems’ facility requirements, which include a swimming pool, pavilion and playground.