Best Parks in America (BPA), a national network of 65 premium RV parks and campgrounds, announced the appointment of four people to its board.
According to a news release, the four new directors, whose terms officially begin July 1 and continue for three years, are: Michael Gurevich, owner of Cherry Hill Park, College Park, Md.; Tripp Keber, COO of Bella Terra Realty Holdings, developers of Bella Terra RV Resort, Foley, Ala.; Vern Mangels, owner of Anaheim Resort RV Park, Anaheim, Calif.; and Randy Packard, owner of Pine Acres Family Camping Resort, Oakham, Mass.
Best Parks President and CEO David Gorin and Vice President Deb Kohls also serve as board members.
During 2011, Best Parks was restructured into a non-shareholder corporation and now operates as an association of member parks. The board will be meeting quarterly with the next meeting scheduled to take place on June 6.
“These four new BPA board members represent the diversity of the park industry – the board is geographically diverse, their parks serve varying demographic segments, and the board members represent destination vacation resorts, destination tourist or travel parks and the ownership park business model,” said Gorin. “ This is a highly experienced group of sharp businesspeople and there’s no doubt that all the Best Parks affiliates will be very well served by this outstanding group of industry experts.”
Best Parks in America affiliates are ready for the camping and RVing season reporting overall enthusiasm for getting outdoors is improving over 2011.
According to a press release, the Memorial Day holiday beginning May 25 kicks off the summer season with campers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts booking reservations at Best Parks in America RV parks and campgrounds. Many of the 66 Best Parks in America affiliates report that bookings for RV sites and cabin rentals are ahead of 2011. And with Memorial Day weekend indicators of high occupancy at many parks, it looks like consumers are anxious to get outdoors.
Anaheim Resort RV Park near Disneyland in California still has a few sites left for the long weekend and Pine Acres Resort in Oakham, MA reports the Memorial Day weekend is nearly at capacity and that bookings for the summer season ahead of last year. Gas prices haven’t dampened enthusiasm for camping with Holiday Trav-L Park in Virginia Beach, Va., and Keen Lake Camping and Cottage Resort in Waymart, Pa. Both resorts are reporting campers are coming from closer locations and staying longer.
“Trends at Best Parks affiliates clearly indicate that the consumers are anxious to get outdoors and spend quality time with family and friends, enjoy the natural environment found at RV parks and campgrounds, and enjoy leisure time closer to home . . . and we encourage leisure travelers to contact Best Parks when planning their vacation”, says David Gorin, president of Best Parks in America.
Best Parks in America is a national network of 65 outdoor hospitality properties. For more information, visit http://www.bestparks.com or call 714-698-9509.
Best Parks in America has launched ‘The Best of Summer” contest encouraging RVers and campers to vote for their favorite campground and RV resort.
According to a press release, RVers and campers who vote for their favorite are entered into a drawing to win a free week of camping at their favorite Best Park in America.
“This seemed a great way to kick off the summer season, introduce the RVer and consumer to our affiliate parks, and have some fun at the same time,” said Deb Kohls, Best Parks’ vice president for guest experiences.
All RV parks and campgrounds in the Best Parks in America national network offer highly rated, modern unique amenities from water slides for kids to dinners and dances for adults. Most parks also offer cabins and cottages so that everyone can enjoy a great outdoor experience at every Best Park. Each park is committed to providing the highest quality experiences such as activities for children and adults, kayaking, fishing, swimming, canoeing, social events, shuttle services and more.
For more information, visit http://www.bestparks.com or call (714) 698-9509.
Best Parks in America, a national network of 65 of the highest rated RV parks and campgrounds in America, announced the availability of its newest affiliate directory, RVing & Camping at the Best Parks in America. The directory is available free at all participating parks and can be ordered from the website, according to a news release.
The easy-to-read directory format and size makes for easy traveling with the directory. In addition to the park listings, the directory features a selection of camping recipes courtesy of http://www.campingcafe.com. From s’mores to grilled salmon, there’s a recipe for every taste and place.
“We are pleased to provide a convenient way for avid outdoor enthusiasts to plan their leisure vacation trips,” said David Gorin, president of Best Parks in America. “For years, the camping vacationer has had to ‘guess’ whether the park would have the experience they were looking for. We are taking the guesswork out of vacation planning by providing a resource of highly rated RV parks and campgrounds that focus on great camping experiences.”
The directory also offers information on Best Guests in America, the complementary loyalty and rewards club for travelers who enjoy visiting the best parks as they travel. Membership in Best Guests is free always and members receive special VIP treatment whenever they check in at one of the Best Parks. Readers can join Best Guests immediately by visiting http://www.bestparks.com and clicking on the Become a Best Guest tab.
For more information contact Deb Kohls, vice president of Best Parks in America, at (714) 269-1264.
David Gorin, president and founder of Best Parks in America (BPA), today (Oct. 10) announced several major changes for the national brand.
These changes will help BPA grow from its present 82 members to “a group of 150 over the coming years,” Gorin predicted, according to a report by Woodall’s Campground Management.
In a news release and during a press conference held today, Gorin announced that Deb Kohls has been named vice president, effective Nov. 1. She joins BPA after 10 years as the senior vice president of Friend Communications and its successor company, Leisure Interactive.
“Deb is deeply immersed in all aspects of business and outdoor consumer marketing, is an expert in the marketing of RV parks and campgrounds to consumers and has a deep technology background in the park industry as well as in the overall larger world of travel and tourism marketing and development,” Gorin stated. “I am excited that Deb will be joining us and her presence will enable us to significantly step up our brand and network development.”
Kohls will operate from her office in Huntington Beach, Calif.
In addition, Joe Opp, recently retired senior vice president of membership services of Leading Hotels of the World, will also be joining the BPA Team as a senior adviser for brand development.
Opp has a long track record of success in the travel business having served as reservation manager for National Airlines, director of reservations for Avis Rent a Car, director of reservations for Pacific Southwest Airlines and vice president of marketing automation for TrustHouse Forte Hotels.
Opp, based in San Diego, will not be a full-time staff person, but will serve in an advisory role.
Meanwhile, BPA is undergoing a business restructuring that will enable the company to move forward unimpeded by unnecessary and unwarranted legal harassment.
“BPA is re-organizing into a non-shareholder corporation meaning that it is evolving into an association format. This reorganization is being done to protect your right to join your independent and unique business together with other like-minded businesses to work cooperatively to build your business without interference from the federal or state governments,” Gorin stated.
“BPA has no intention or interest in competing with any existing association on any level. Our objective is to work with the highly rated parks that voluntarily become members or affiliates of Best Parks in America to help them improve their business operations, provide unique and high quality guest experiences and to grow their revenues and profits.
As part of the restructuring, David Gorin Associates LLC retains ownership of the intellectual property rights that provide the foundation for Best Parks in America. DGA LLC is licensing the IT rights exclusively to Best Parks in America. In addition to her role as BPA Vice President, Kohls is also becoming a member of DGA LLC.
Gorin also announced the composition of the BPA board of directors. Mike Gurevich, owner of Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Md., will join Gorin and Kohls on the board.
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David Gorin, president and CEO of Best Parks in America Inc., has announced the addition of two parks to the company’s national network of independent and highly-rated RV parks and campgrounds.
“We are thrilled to announce that Bethpage Camp Resort, Urbanna, Va., and Grey’s Point Camp, Topping, Va., have become a part of Best Parks in America national network. Both of these facilities are among the highest rated parks in Virginia with both being rated 5/5 and 9.5/9.5/10 with Trailer Life,” Gorin stated in a news release.
“The parks are situated along the Chesapeake Bay and offer RVers and campers an exceptional array of facilities and amenities. Both feature direct access to the Bay, state-of-the-art water parks, and a full range of activities and events throughout the spring, summer and fall. Bethpage is a former winner of the ARVC Mega Park of the Year and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if they or Grey’s Point were to receive that high honor again,” said Gorin.
Both parks are owned by Walt Hurley, a long time active leader in the Virginia campground industry. Hurley and his staff have worked tirelessly for many years to keep both parks up to the highest standards of customer service, facilities and amenities, Gorin stated. Both parks compete with the mega parks located in Virginia Beach, along the North Carolina coastal beaches and down to Myrtle Beach and Hurley has added all of the necessary recreational activities to keep RVers from the mid-Atlantic are returning to his parks.
“With the addition of Bethpage and Grey’s Point, together with the recent Best Parks affiliation of Holiday Trav-L-Park in Virginia Beach and Luray RV Resort Country Waye in Luray, Va., Virginia now has four outstanding Best Parks in America affiliates for RVers and campers coming to the Atlantic Coast area. With the 150th observance of the Civil War taking place in Virginia this year, RVers and campers from across the U.S. can enjoy the Best Parks in America during their visit to the state,” said Gorin.
In addition to these new Best Parks affiliates, the group recently also welcomed Big Timber Lake in Cape May, N.J., Frontier Town in Ocean City, Md., and Point Sebago Resort in Casco, Maine, as well as four parks that are part of RVC Outdoor Destinations.
“Best Parks continues to attract the most successful independent parks that comprise the highly rated and higher end segment of the park industry. For the first time,” Gorin said, “the industry has a new and broad brand that is attracting both parks and consumers who identify with the upper end of the market in terms of service, facilities and amenities.”
With 80 affiliates and growing throughout the U.S., Best Parks in America is a marketing solution for independent, modern outdoor resorts that want to remain independent, offer a unique sense of place, and have ownership and management that want to run their own show but at the same time wants to be part of larger marketing distribution network.
Packed with information about affiliated parks nationwide, the new “RVing and Camping at the Best Parks in America Directory” is now available, according to a press release.
“We are really excited about this upgraded version of the Best Parks Directory,” said Best Parks in America President David Gorin. “It features 73 wonderful parks in 28 states and in Canada. I think this new directory does an excellent job of highlighting all that the Best Parks in America have to offer.”
The release stated that the new book has a “bright, colorful new cover with an enhanced design and a more eye-catching layout.” The look is further enhanced with photos for each listed park and advertising that provides consumers with additional information.
Best Parks in America has also teamed with the RV Cooking Show to provide regional RVing and camping recipes throughout the book. These short pieces “bring to RVers the wonderful world of specialty recipes from around the country.”
“We are very happy to be able to include recipes from the RV Cooking Show in this year’s directory,” states Gorin. “It lets the campers and RVers know that we’re not just interested in getting them to stay at our parks, but we want to help them enjoy their stay in any way we can. Especially when it comes to eating quality food.”
Complimentary copies of the new directory can be ordered from www.Bestparksinamerica.com or can be picked up at any affiliated RV park or campground.
Best Parks in America is a national marketing network promoting and marketing America’s highly rated RV parks and campgrounds. Currently with 73 parks in 28 states, Best Parks is increasingly building consumer top of mind awareness of the quickest and easiest way to find the Best Parks in America.
Best Parks in America has announced that it has stepped up it qualifications for park eligibility in the Best Parks system. Effective immediately, parks must have a 5 Woodall rating for facilities with a minimum of a 9 overall Woodall rating or a 27 Trailer Life rating.
Prior to this change a park was eligible for Best Parks affiliation with a total Woodall rating of 9 or higher with either a 4/5, 5/4, or 5/5. Under the new requirements, the first number must be a 5. Also prior to the change, parks were eligible with a 26.5 Trailer Life rating; than rating has now moved up a notch to a 27 total.
“As we hear from more and more RVers and campers, we’re learning that they expect a higher level of facilities from Best Parks in America affiliates and we want to be sure we are meeting their expectations. Pushing the rating bar a bit higher is one step in that direction,” said Best Parks President David Gorin. “We want to continue to strive to make the RVer experience at Best Parks consistent across the brand this is one way to accomplish that,” Gorin said.
Parks currently participating in the Best Parks system will need to meet the higher rating on the date of their next affiliation renewal. Best Parks has introduced several new programs to assist parks that want to raise ratings to meet or exceed the new standard.
Parks that receive an A Guest Review rating with at least 50 reviews remain eligible for Best Parks affiliation. That standard remains unchanged at this time.
“If 50 or more consumers review and rate the park at an A level, we’re confident that the park qualifies for Best Parks in America,” Gorin said. “Consumer acceptance and consistently high ratings is hard to argue with when it comes to park quality,” he said.
Best Parks in America is a national marketing group comprised of highly rated, independent RV parks and campgrounds. There are currently 80 affiliated parks across the US. For information on Best Parks in America, visit www.bestparksinamerica.com
Best Parks in America (BPA) has announced the addition of four new affiliated RV resorts, bringing the total number of parks carrying the Best Parks flag to 80. The new parks are located in Maryland, Virginia and Maine.
According to a press release, the new parks include Point Sebago Resort, Casco, Maine; Holiday Trav-L-Park, Virginia Beach, Va.; Frontier Town Campground, Ocean City, Md., and Fort Whaley Campground, Whaleyville, Md.
“These new Best Parks affiliates are very welcome additions to the Best Parks family,” said BPA President David Gorin. “Each of these parks has a long and successful track record of providing the highest quality facilities, amenities and services to their guests and the owners of these parks have been industry leaders for many years.”
The following offers a description of the new BPA affiliates:
• Frontier Town Campground is located on the Atlantic Ocean in West Ocean City. The resort offers 584 sites serving tents and 45-foot motorhomes. In addition to typical park amenities, Frontier Town has great crabbing and fishing, a 75-slip marina with boat ramp, restaurant and ice cream parlor, free beach shuttle and free admission to a full scale Water Park. The park also offers a Frontier Town Wild West Show during the summer season. The park is owned by Mitch Parker, a veteran park owner who also owns Fort Whaley Campground in Whaleyville.
• Fort Whaley Campground is located in Whaleyville, approximately 10 minutes from Ocean City. Park amenities include complimentary unlimited miniature golf, planned activities, swimming pool, fully stocked camp store, a fresh water fishing lake, paddle boats and free admission to the water park at cousin Frontier Town Campground in Ocean City, Md.
• Best Holiday Trav-L-Park in Virginia Beach is an 850-site vacation mecca and the closest campground to the Virginia Beach resort area. The park offers its own satellite parking area one block from the famous Virginia Beach boardwalk and beaches. In addition to the beach, the Virginia Aquarium, Ocean Breeze Festival Park with water slides, mini-Indy race track and mini-golf course are nearby. The parks is also close to Norfolk, Williamsburg and the southern Chesapeake Bay.
• Point Sebago is a 775-acre campground resort on Sebago Lake in southern Maine. The resort offers a mile of sandy beach, its own on-site, 18-hole championship golf course, marina, restaurant, and award-winning daily activities and entertainment for every age. The resort features RV sites, cottage rentals and a variety of ownership options. The resort is owned by industry pioneer Larry Gould and the General Manager is Don Toms, a long-time active leader in the Maine Campground Owners Association and National ARVC.
“We’re delighted to welcome this group of incredibly wonderful examples of the RV park business in the 21st Century,” said Gorin. “The addition of these resorts is a strong indication of how the Best Parks brand is creating a collection of the nation’s top independent parks,” he said.
Best Parks in America is an association of unique and highly rated RV parks and campgrounds. Each park is independently owned and operated and each features unique characteristics that appeal to a wide range of campers and RVers from young families to empty-nesters, full timers and retirees. For a complete list of affiliated parks, visit www.bestparksinamerica.com.
The first meeting of the newly created Best Parks in America RVer Advisory Board was held on March 10. Four active RVers from diverse backgrounds have been named to the board and will be both offering ideas and advice for better serving RVer needs and experiences, and critiques of the parks they visit and the communications from Best Parks to RV consumers, according to a news release.
The board members and brief bios follow:
- Stan Fleming of Maine–”My wife and I purchased our first RV/motorhome (23 foot) in 2006 as we were getting close to retirement. We have become true believers in the value and pleasure of traveling in our RV. While not full-timers, we are close, and the freedom and flexibility our RV has provided has made traveling to visit family and friends a real pleasure. We are now planning extensive travel throughout the U.S. in the comfort of our own ‘home.’”
- Pamela Wright of Florida–Pamela has been a full-time RVer for the past eight years. She has been a Workamper, a park manager and now has her own company and website, www.FocusedWords.com, where she puts her marketing experience to work for the park owner.
- Jerry Batt of Michigan–Jerry is currently vice president and CIO at Pulte Homes, a residential home builder headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. “My wife, Christine, and I have three grown children who are married and live in different Midwest cities. We have two dogs with whom we travel to see our kids and between two homes in Rochester Hills, Mich.. and Mesa, Ariz. We have been RVers for 30 years, starting with a pickup camper and now a 40-foot 2009 Itasca Ellipse. We have camped in 38 states over the years and plan to visit Alaska summer of 2012.”
- Bob Gorden of Arizona–”I have been a tent camper and RVer for more than 50 years. Have owned and driven more than 50 RVs of various types. Owned and operated an RV rental business for several years. Constructed my own RVs in the 1970s. My academic background includes a Ph.D. in aquatic microbial ecology with experience teaching and conducting research at Texas Tech University, University of Southern Colorado and the University of Illinois. I have RVed in every state in the continental U.S., Canada and Mexico plus camping in RV parks in Australia. I have written more than 200 articles online as the Phoenix RV Travel Examiner.
” We are delighted at the response to the Best Parks announcement of the advisory board and the quality of the folks appointed to serve reflects the wide diversity of RVers,” said BPA President David Gorin. “This is a truly quality group of knowledgeable RVers who will help Best Parks continue to grow and develop into the leading national brand of RV parks in the U.S.”
The board will meet quarterly to review Best Parks’ programs and initiatives, suggest ways to improve outreach and top-of-mind awareness among RVers and to help craft the outstanding experiences that Best Parks offers to its guests.
Best Parks in America is the only national network of parks that sponsors an RVer Advisory Board to provide consumer input into the national group of parks that make up Best Parks in America.
Best Parks in America is a group of independently owned and operated RV parks and campgrounds that are highly rated by Woodalls and/or Trailer Life campground directories. There are currently 78 affiliated parks in 32 states and provinces. Each park offers a quality facilities and amenities and unique guest experiences. For a free directory of Best Parks affiliates, visit www.BestParksinAmerica.com.