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KOA Recognizes Record Number of Franchisees

November 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

KOA Care Camps Chairman Wade Elliott of Utility Supply Group thanks KOA owners and corporate personnel for their support of the charity Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) kicked off the second full day of the 2016 KOA Convention in Chattanooga, Tenn., by honoring a record number of franchisees with the KOA President’s Award and the KOA Founder’s Award. In total, 384 awards were presented this morning (Nov. 16), including 238 KOA locations receiving the prestigious KOA Founder’s... Read more

KOA Gives Upbeat Report at Chattanooga Confab

November 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Pat Hittmeier Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) President and CEO Pat Hittmeier told more than 700 people this morning (Nov. 15) at the opening breakfast of the 2016 KOA Convention at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., that its franchisees are extending a string of strong growth years. KOA saw registration growth of 53.9% this year and a 10.5% gain in overall occupancy. That occupancy would likely have been higher, Hittmeier said, if there were more campsites in the 495-park... Read more

Cruise Inn Confab Touts Organization’s Success

November 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Cruise Inn President and CEO Scott Anderson delved into big picture factors affecting members Like nearly every other group in the North American campground sector, members of the Cruise Inn brand of outdoor hospitality properties offered positive anecdotes about how good this last year has been when they gathered in Fort Worth, Texas, for the third Cruise Inn Conference at the Sheraton Downtown Nov. 11-13. Mari Garland of Junction West RV Park in Grand Junction, Colo., noted, “It’s been a blockbuster... Read more

ARVC Convention Attracts 500, Attendees Upbeat

November 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Vendors from 118 companies met with members of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) during the expo portion of ARVC’s event in Fort Worth Wednesday evening and much of Thursday A farewell breakfast this morning (Nov. 11) will cap off this year’s Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo, the premiere gathering of members of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). More than 500 attendees gathered at the Fort Worth Convention Center in downtown Fort Worth,... Read more

Campgrounds Report Strong Year at ARVC Show

November 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A large crowd is attending the ARVC show in Fort Worth (Photo by Justin Leighty) The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) is in the final stretch this morning (Nov. 10) of this year’s Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo at the Fort Worth Convention Center in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. After Tuesday’s full day of education sessions and a cracker barrel, and Wednesday’s education sessions and expo reception, this morning kicked off with the annual membership meeting and... Read more

ELS Executives: We Expect to Keep On Growing

October 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Senior executives of Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS), a Chicago-based company that owns a number of manufactured housing communities as well as the Encore and Thousand Trails brands of RV resorts, detailed their company’s quarterly performance and outlook Tuesday (Oct. 18) on a conference call with investors. During the quarter, annual RV rental income rose by 5.8% and is up 5.7% for the year, while seasonal RV income declined by 1.9% compared to the same quarter of last year. However,... Read more

REV Ribbon Cutting Dedicates new Visitor Center

October 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

REV Recreation Group’s new visitor REV Group company officials and local leaders in Decatur, Ind., cut the ribbon this morning on the brand-new REV Visitor Center, the capstone to a $6 million expansion and renovation project. “This is a big day for us. This is the only company in this industry that is making this kind of investment,” said Jim Jacobs, REV RV Group president. “It’s showing something that none of our competitors are willing to do. This is the part of the business that’s... Read more

‘KOA Care Camps’ Primed for Continued Growth

September 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The following story appears in the September issue of Woodall’s Campground Management. KOA Care Camps is on a roll. The nonprofit charity, established 32 years ago by franchisees of Kampgrounds of America Inc.(KOA), reached an impressive milestone this year when it surpassed the $10 million fundraising mark in June. That came after the charity — a mixture of charitable organizations KOA Care Camps Trust in the U.S. and KOA Care Camps of Canada — has managed to grow its donations year after... Read more

Highland Ridge Cuts Ribbon on 92,000 Sq. Ft. Plant

September 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Randy Graber, Highland Ridge president, cuts the ribbon at the plant with the help of Derald (to his right) and Wilbur Bontrager of Highland Ridge parent company Jayco as they’re surrounded by Shipshewana, LaGrange County and Indiana officials Nine years to the month after Randy Graber founded Open Range RV, he officially cut the ribbon this morning (Sept. 19) at its main campus in Shipshewana, Ind., to dedicate the newest plant for the company – now operating as Highland Ridge RV following... Read more

Millennials Offer Parks Challenges & Opportunities

September 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following Q&A conducted by Woodall’s Campground Management with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Karen Redfern, senior director of marketing communications for the national Go RVing campaign, examines the growing influence of Millennials on the U.S. RV and campground and industries. For the full story click here. Judging by the number of stories we’ve seen lately in the press, the U.S. news media seem to have developed an obsession with... Read more

Bernie Sanders Supporters are Happy Campers

July 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Bernie Sanders camp may have been causing a ruckus this week in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention, but Bernie’s campers have been a tranquil group at campgrounds in southern New Jersey. “Everything is going really well,” said Bonnie Bowne, manager of the family-owned 20-acre Timberlane Campground in Clarksboro, N.J., just 15 minutes from downtown. And, like Four Seasons Campground in Pilesgrove, N.J., and Old Cedar Campground in Monroeville, N.J., it was booked... Read more

Industry Steps Up to Support ‘Elkhart Co. Fair’

July 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco’s Family Fun Fair is a popular attraction at the 4-H fair With the heart of the RV industry concentrated in Indiana’s Elkhart County, it’s no surprise that the sector is heavily intertwined with one of the state’s largest events, the nine-day Elkhart County 4-H Fair that opened July 21 and runs through Saturday (July 30) in Goshen, Ind. “We think it’s a good community event for us to sponsor and create some affinity for our employees,” said Wilbur Bontrager, chairman... Read more

Nonprofit ‘KOA Care Camps’ Builds Up Support

July 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Camp Goodtimes campers with Wade Elliott (front and center) during his visit to give the KOA Care Camps donation. Wade Elliott, chairman of nonprofit KOA Care Camps Inc. and president of Kingston, Wash.-based Utility Supply Group, recently presented the charity’s donation to Camp Goodtimes, a camp for children with cancer on Vashton Island, Wash., just north of Tacoma. The camp serves 225 children each year from Alaska and western Washington. It is one of 129 children’s oncology camps... Read more

ELS CEO: Short-Term Park Visits Rise 14% YTD

July 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

During a conference call today (July 19) to discuss Equity LifeStyles Properties (ELS) second-quarter results, Marguerite Nader, president and CEO of ELS, delved into some detail about the RV side of operations for the Chicago-based real-estate investment trust, which owns a combination of manufactured housing communities and RV parks, including the Encore and Thousand Trails brands. “Our operations performed very well in the quarter. We continued our positive occupancy trends,” Nader... Read more

Liegl, Orthwein Chat During Power Breakfast

May 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor’s Peter Orthwein and Forest River’s Pete Liegl hold Fireside Chat (Photo by Shawn Spence) Peter Orthwein, chairman of Thor Industries Inc., and Pete Liegl, CEO of Forest River Inc., sat down for a unique fireside chat to close out today’s (May 12) RV Industry Power Breakfast. The duo infused their talk with humor as they talked about their view of this year’s RV industry outlook, the manufacturing business climate, how to respond to what customers want and, ultimately,... Read more

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