Lawmakers, KOA Exec Address Power Breakfast

May 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Rep. Jackie Walorski The second half of the 5th Annual RV Industry Power Breakfast, an annual spring event that took place Thursday morning (May 11) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center, featured several key elected officials representing Elkhart and neighboring counties who addressed the crowd of 850-plus on the industry’s overall impact to the area economy. During her time at the podium, 2nd District Rep. Jackie Walorski, who was was instrumental in establishing the... Read more

Care Camps’ Elliott Inviting RV Industry Support

April 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

KOA Care Camps is a nonprofit organization that’s been around for three decades, helping to send children with cancer to specialized oncology camps. And while the charity was started by Kampgrounds of America (KOA) franchisees and is supported by Kampgrounds of America Inc., over the years it has expanded its focus — and today, it’s inviting the RV industry to come alongside and help out. Care Camps Chairman Wade Elliott is coming to Elkhart, Ind., May 11 for the RV Industry Power Breakfast... Read more

Happe: ‘These Are Dynamic And Exciting Times’

March 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Mike Happe Winnebago Industries Inc. President and CEO Michael Happe and Vice President and CFO Sarah Nielsen talked with investors today (March 22) about the significant results the Eden Prairie, Minn., company posted during its fiscal second quarter. As reported in this morning’s (March 22) earnings release, Winnebago’s revenues for the quarter, which ended Feb. 25, were $370.5 million, up 64.2% from the same period of 2016, while gross profit rose 95.1% to $49.3 million and operating... Read more

NCA Conference Wraps Up; Boasts Solid Turnout

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Northeast Campground Association’s (NCA’s) 53rd Northeast Conference on Camping and Trade Show wrapped up Saturday evening (March 18) in Nashua, N.H., after three days of solid turnout by campground operators from Maine to Maryland and all points in between. In all, more than 310 people attended the conference at the Radisson Hotel Nashua, the third year for the event at that venue. Of those attending, 180 were campground owners and operators and 130 came from the 70 exhibitors at the show,... Read more

Calif. KOA Park Offers an Array of Rental Options

March 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

While many RV parks and campgrounds offer some sort of rental option, Scott Cory’s experience working for Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) helped drive his choices to offer a range of rentals when he decided to leave the company and become a franchisee. Cory and Steven Bitter own the Ventura Ranch KOA, and they have taken it to a new level since purchasing it in 2009. “We bought the campground at the end of 2009,” Cory told Woodall’s Campground Management. “With my background at KOA... Read more

‘NCA Confab’ Features Packed Agenda For Day 2

March 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Radisson Hotel in Nashua, N.H., is hosting the Northeast Conference on Camping The Northeast Conference on Camping entered day two (March 17) of its three-day run in Nashua, N.H., marked by a full agenda and a decidedly upbeat tone by members following a year in which both public and private parks were setting records. “People are cooped up and ready to camp. They’ve been posting on Facebook, ‘Is it Spring yet?’” said Michelle Viola of The Pines Campground, whose park, The Pines Campground... Read more

KOA: Camping Market Gets Younger, More Diverse

March 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s no question that growth in camping is one of the biggest themes in the 2017 North American Camping Report, released today (March 14). Generation X and Millennials are driving a lot of growth in camping in general, but also in family camping, group camping and minority camping, according to the report, which was commissioned by Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) but which looks beyond KOA guests to all campers across the U.S. and Canada. In fact, since KOA first commissioned Scott Bahr of... Read more

Members Are Upbeat for 2017 at NCA Conference

March 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

David Berg of Red Apple Campground in Kennebunkport reporting on the Maine Campground Owners Association while other NCA members listen The Northeast Conference on Camping opened Wednesday (March 16) in Nashua, N.H., with a wave of apparent optimism for the upcoming camping season from nine member states from Maine to Maryland comprising the Northeast Campground Association (NCA). “We have a wonderful program planned over the next three days,” said NCA Executive Director Cyndy Zbierski at the... Read more

KOA Report: Tech Driving Longer Camping Stays

March 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Campers in North America are, unsurprisingly, placing more and more importance on technology, though they also have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the effect of “being connected” has on camping trips. But from a business standpoint, the overriding factor regarding technology is that, for U.S. campers, access to technology is allowing a substantial bloc of campers to spend more time outside, according to the 2017 North American Camper Report released Wednesday (March... Read more

KOA Study Sees 3.4M New Camping Households

March 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2017 North American Camping Report became public this morning (March 15), and it’s got a lot of good news for the camping and RVing sector, both in the short-term and over the long haul. Today’s report is the third edition of the North American Camping Report, and while each has been commissioned by Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), the report goes far beyond KOA guests to survey Americans and Canadians about their thoughts on camping and to quiz campers about their desires and habits. “There’s... Read more

Campgrounds Adapting to Diverse Demographics

March 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Across the North American camping market, tenting still reigns supreme, with roughly 60% of all campers using tents to enjoy the great outdoors and Millennials being the age group most likely to camp in a tent. But as the camping market grows younger and more racially and ethnically diverse, so too grows the popularity of other accommodations, according to the 2017 North American Camping Report, released today (March 15). The report, commissioned by Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) and put together... Read more

Shiffman: Sun Communities Remains On A Roll

February 28, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Gary Shiffman In a conference call following Sun Communities Inc.’s fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 earnings results last Thursday (Feb. 23), Gary Shiffman, CEO and chairman of the Southfield, Mich., company highlighted Sun’s performance gains. The company’s portfolio includes 349 RV and manufactured housing parks it owns or has an interest in across 29 states in the U.S. and in Ontario. “Since 2016 was marked by sustained success in achieving strong results for our stakeholders, we... Read more

‘IMHA-RVIC’ Links Vets, National Guard to Jobs

February 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Ron Breymier, executive director of IMHA-RVIC, with Jim Brown, director of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, and Ken Eckstein of Mount Comfort RV at Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury Ron Breymier, executive director of the Indiana Manufactured Housing Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council Inc. (IMHA-RVIC), and Ken Eckstein, owner of Mount Comfort RV and immediate past president of IMHA-RVIC, took a dozen representatives of the Indiana National Guard and the Indiana... Read more

Sun Communities: Revenue Up 23.6% for Year

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Sun Communities Inc., a Southfield, Mich.-based real-estate investment trust, today (Feb. 23) reported its financial results for the company’s fourth quarter and the year that ended Dec. 31. For the quarter, total revenues were up by $50.4 million over the same period a year earlier, a jump of 30%, according to the announcement. Despite the revenue jump, the company reported a quaterly net loss of $1.6 million. For the year, total revenues hit $833.8 million, up 23.6% over the $674.7 million... Read more

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

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