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‘TACO Show’ Offering Information, Inspiration

April 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The pace hasn’t slowed for registrations for the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) Spring Show, said Brian Schaeffer, executive director of the organization. “Reservations are coming in fast,” he told Woodall’s Campground Management, sister publication to RVBusiness. In fact, TACO expects this show, April 26-28 in Kerrville, to set an attendance record. Of course, the fifth year of the Texas RV Park Awards of Excellence is a highlight of the show, with awards... Read more

51st ‘Northeast Conference on Camping’ Wraps

March 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When hundreds of campground owners and operators gathered in Nashua, N.H., March 19-21 for the 51st Northeast Conference on Camping, there was a lot of anticipation for the coming summer camping season. There was also a little apprehension about whether the snow would melt in time for many campgrounds across the 11-state region from Maine to Maryland to open as planned, with a little more snow falling during the last two days of the three-day event. Still, compared to the snows that plagued much... Read more

Rental Accommodations in Parks Spur Growth

February 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Yurts have become a popular rental option at parks There’s a good business case to be made for growth in the outdoor hospitality market in general, and by all accounts one key to that growth is an expanding mix of rental accommodations that bring new guests into campgrounds and RV parks across North America. According to a report by Woodall’s Campground Management, it’s one of the reasons, in the opinion of Jim Rogers, chairman and CEO of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), that some major... Read more

NTP Expo Opens; Expecting Record Showing

February 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

NTP-STAG’s 2015 “The Expo” opens today (Feb. 3) in Las Vegas, the second year in a row NTP Distribution Inc. has convened its annual RV dealer event at the Venetian Hotel and Casino and the adjoining Sands Convention Center. It’s also the second show in two weeks for NTP-STAG, a curious coincidence that predated the merger of the two largest distributors in the RV aftermarket space with the acquisition of Stag-Parkway Inc. by NTP parent Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. The exhibitor... Read more

Stag-Parkway Show Details NTP Merger Impact

January 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Stag-Parkway “Driving Success” show officially kicked off Tuesday (Jan. 20), offering the gathered dealers and suppliers the first public discussion about the future of the newly joined NTP-STAG – the merger of the two largest RV aftermarket parts and accessories suppliers cemented last October by NTP parent Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. (see related story). “We’re planning for a big year,” said Keystone Automotive Vice President Joe Santangelo, who heads up NTP-STAG, in the... Read more

Award-Winning KOA Keeps Pace With the Times

December 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When you have a great campground in a great location with an idyllic setting, it would be easy to rest on those laurels and cruise through the decades. But, according to a report by Woodall’s Campground Management, that’s not how Susan and Ron Hart’s family have operated for the last 38 years, and not only has it kept them current with what their guests want — a move that certainly takes a lot of untiring effort in this day and age — it earned their park, a Kampgrounds of America (KOA)... Read more

WCM Report: Wi-Fi ‘Expected’ at Campgrounds

December 17, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is an article from Woodall’s Campground Management, sister publication to RVBusiness, examining the growing demand for Wi-Fi in campgrounds and the industry’s steps to provide the service. For the full story click here. When Catherine DeStasio, marketing manager of TengoInternet, ran across a report on a recent speech by Dimiter Zahariev, the manager of passenger experience development for the International Air Transport Association made one comment that really... Read more

HUD Recommends Backing off on Park Models

December 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is a report by Woodall’s Campground Management, sister publication to RVBusiness, on a recent round of committee meetings by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) concerning regulations governing park model RVs. Two months after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a memo that threatened to cause problems for RV parks and campgrounds with park model RVs as well the manufacturers of the RVs, an advisory committee... Read more

ARVC Confab Spotlights Outdoor Travel Survey

December 8, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) ended the 2014 Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) on Friday (Dec.5)  in Las Vegas with the results of an ARVC-commissioned survey of outdoor leisure travel. Peter Yesawich, vice chairman of MMGY Global, detailed the findings for the ARVC crowd, telling them, “You happen to be in this wonderful point in time when the stars are in alignment for your industry, your business.” A quarterly leisure-travel survey by MMGY earlier... Read more

‘Cruise Inn’ Convenes 1st Conference in Vegas

December 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Cruise Inn RV Parks celebrated the network’s first 13 months with its inaugural conference in Las Vegas, Nev., Dec. 5-7. The conference at the Hard Rock Hotel comes on the heels of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) conference which wrapped up earlier in the day at the Rio All-Suites Hotel. The event marks a year that Cruise Inn CEO Scott Anderson summed up as: “Fascinating, productive, educational and very rewarding.” From a concept announced last year... Read more

ARVC OHCE Attracts 600-Plus; Outlook Upbeat

December 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees pause between education sessions in Las Vegas The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) is in full swing at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. The event, which opened Tuesday (Dec. 2) and closes Friday afternoon (Dec. 5), has more than 600 attendees, ARVC Chairwoman Marcia Galvin told Woodall’s Campground Management. “It’s going really well,” she said. The expo features 105 vendors,... Read more

KOA Touts Steady Growth as Convention Opens

November 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2014 Kampgrounds of America (KOA) convention kicked off this morning (Nov. 13) in Charleston, S.C. During the welcome breakfast, KOA President Pat Hittmeier and Vice Presidents Lorne Armer, Jef Sutherland and Toby Hedges updated the crowd – representing most of the 500 parks in the KOA system – on what’s been happening across KOA the past year. “The optimism that is abundant in this room and for KOA and this brand is pretty amazing,” Hittmeier said. KOA operators gather... Read more

Supplier Better Way Regrouping in Wake of Fire

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Better Way workers assess fire damage (Photo by Mark Shephard) While no manufacturer wants a fire at a plant, Better Way Products (BWP of Indiana Inc.) of New Paris, Ind., is in good shape to spring back from the blaze that destroyed Plant 2 early Thursday (Oct. 23). Authorities remained on site investigating the cause of the fire. “To be sure, we have some adversity in front of us,” said Clint Decker, general manager of the company, which produces fiberglass parts and components to the... Read more

Knaus Tabbert No. 1 in Germany, No. 2 in Europe

October 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

KTG_PM_Marktführer_RM_final_GB The German caravaning industry association CIVD published its annual “Caravaning Profile 2014” statistics report at the beginning of the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf. This report documents the current economic situation of the caravaning industry in Germany, Europe, and worldwide, and also provides an overview of the market conditions for motorhomes and caravans. According to the report, Knaus Tabbert GmbH (www.knaustabbert.de) held the top spot in new motorhome... Read more

EverGreen Rolls Out Ascend Cloud Towable RVs

October 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

2015 Ascend Cloud by EverGreen The 2015 Ascend lineup fromEverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has expanded with the introduction of the super lightweight Ascend Cloud series, the company said in a press release. The Ascend Cloud’s ultralight design is a welcome addition for those looking for a smaller trailer with all the standard features of larger coaches. A length range from 19 feet to 24 feet long and a width of less than 8 feet make the Ascend Cloud easy to tow behind sedans, SUVs... Read more

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