Paul Bambei, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), is among the speakers at the annual meeting of the Carolinas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CARVC) now under way at Myrtle Beach, S.C. The meeting began on Sunday (Feb. 5) at Lakewood Camping Resort.
Bambei will be speaking to the gathering of some 100 campground owners and operators about the latest trends in the industry, the Myrtle Beach Sun News reported.
Leonard Pickel, co-founder of Haunted Attraction Magazine and founder of the International Association of Haunted Attractions, will give tips to the campground leaders Tuesday on how they can capitalize on Halloween by decorating their parks and organizing activities to lure visitors, a strategy that’s already been successful at some campgrounds and theme parks across the country, including a few in the Myrtle Beach area.
The campground association’s annual meeting started Sunday with a trade show and continues through Tuesday with talks about handling legal issues, increasing membership, maintaining parks and other topics.
Dozens of owners and operators of private campgrounds in North Carolina and South Carolina are meeting at Lakewood Camping Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to talk about the status of their industry and the latest trends, according to South Carolina Now.
They’re attending the annual Carolinas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds Convention and Expo. The event started Sunday and concludes today.
“This industry is somewhat recession proof,“ said Barb Krumm campground marketing director at Ocean Lakes Family Campground, also in Myrtle Beach, “The campgrounds have not suffered as hoteliers may have suffered; we have only seen a slight reduction and in some cases an increase in business.“
Campers can expect to see changes like more concrete pathways, a lot of landscaping and even access to the latest technology like Wi-Fi connections.
“We manufacture park model cabins and cottages and we are here to meet the park owners and show them what are product is and how it an help them in their park,“ said Andy Davis with Pinnacle Park Homes. “This allows the campgrounds to reach out to families that may not have an RV and not sure of they want to get into the camping lifestyle or not but it allows them to go camping. We are always wanting to stay on the cutting edge and make sure we are where we need to be to satisfy the needs of the families and the young people”
Krumm said that Ocean Lakes will be going “green” this year, meaning campers can expect to use amenities such as solar-heated water bathhouses.
The campground is the first in the area to use this technology as a way to save electricity and minimize water waste.