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KOA Inc. Welcomes BIG4 Execs from Australia

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November 3, 2010 by   Leave a Comment

KOA CEO Jim Rogers, left, plays host to BIG4 Chairman Gavin Farrell, center, and CEO Ray Schleibs, right.

KOA CEO Jim Rogers (left) welcomes Australia's BIG4 Chairman Gavin Farrell (center) and CEO Ray Schleibs during their visit this week to KOA headquarters in Billings, Mont.

Two top executives with Australia’s leading camping company, BIG4 Holiday Parks, were in Billings, Mont., this week to visit the home of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA).

New BIG4 Holiday Parks Chairman Gavin Farrell and CEO Ray Schleibs came to Billings just weeks after a large contingent of KOA officials, including KOA President Pat Hittmeier and CEO Jim Rogers, and KOA campground owners from throughout North America visited New Zealand and Australia. While in Christchurch, New Zealand, the KOA group attended the first-ever joint conference of BIG4 and Top 10 Holiday Parks. Top 10 Holiday Parks is the leading campground network in New Zealand, according to a news release.

“We’ve enjoyed a wonderful relationship for many years now with our sister camping companies on the other side of the world,” said KOA CEO Jim Rogers. “Those relationships have led to BIG4 purchasing KOA’s KampSight campground operating system, which they call PAM (Park Accommodation Management).”

Rogers said KOA is also benefiting from BIG4’s world-class expertise in campground accommodations management.

“BIG4 Holiday Parks owners are experts when it comes to the management of campground accommodations,” Rogers said. “Their willingness to share their knowledge with us as we rapidly expand our KOA Lodge accommodation offerings has been a huge benefit to the KOA system.”

An earlier idea exchange also led to BIG4 adopting KOA’s premiere camping event, Come Kamp & Care With Us Weekend, which is held the second weekend each May. At BIG4, the event is called Come Camp With BIG4 and is scheduled for this Friday (Nov. 5) at BIG4 Holiday Parks throughout Australia.

Farrell, BIG4’s new chairman, will also attend next week’s Kampgrounds of America Annual International Convention in Savannah, Ga. Farrell also owns a BIG4 Holiday Park, BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park, near Perth, Australia.

BIG4 Holiday Parks is the premiere franchise group comprised of more than 180 holiday parks across Australia. The group provides a range of high-quality accommodation options from powered ensuite sites for caravan and motor homes to luxury cabins. BIG4 Holiday Parks’ BIG4 Club has over 170,000 active members. For more information, go to www.big4.com/au.

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