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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

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

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