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NCA's Great Escape Went Well In Vermont
Cyndy Zbierski, NCA executive director, said the event capped a really good summer camping season for members of NCA and the state associations which comprise NCA.
"They really were happy. Around the NCA board table with each of our representatives of the state associations, as they gave their state reports, they were all a resounding 'this was a good season,'" Zbierski told Woodall's Campground Management.
There were 105 attendees at this year's NCA Great Escape, above the average 80-100 campground owners, former owners and business members of NCA who typically attend, Zbierski reported.
As those people talked about the summer season, "We saw differences, but many mentioned the importance of rental units, and many states are working with their websites and new rack cards to promote campgrounds with rentals," she said. "We talked about a strong Canadian market in many states and a wonderful new European market growing in several states. There was mention of a growing group from Latin America and from the Indian population absolutely loving camping," Zbierski said.
"We toured several campgrounds, were able to see development happening at one, we toured Apple Island resort in Vermont. They recently are renovating some sites to make due for larger pull-through sites. They also are creating some more premium sites with a view of Lake Champlain," she said. "Our host was Lone Pine. That campground is a beautiful campground and it has had a very, very good season."
In addition to those sites, NCA attendees got to see Shelburne Camping area, now run by the family's fourth generation, Zbeierski said, and they use their property very efficiently. "Their property is used for a restaurant right on the road, there is a motel part to it and the campground is the rest of it. They’re celebrating their 40th year this year," she said.
Jeff Sims, legislative affairs director from the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) attended, along with ARVC Chairwoman Marcia Galvin, who also has leadership roles in NCA and the Massachusetts association, allowing attendees to talk about RV parks and campgrounds from the local, state, regional and national level, Zbierski said.
VCA Executive Director Peter Daniels and VCA offered a showcase of Vermont’s products and places., including tours of Grand Isle State Park, Hackett’s Orchards, Snow Farm Winery and the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory.
Bradd Rubman, owner of Lone Pine Campsites, played host for the attendees. “The northwest region of Vermont is an absolutely outstanding area to visit,” Rubman said before the event. “With our proximity to Burlington and Lake Champlain, we are able to provide a great Vermont cultural experience with a backdrop that is truly special."