ARVC Holds First Economic Summit Conf. Call
The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) held its inaugural economic summit telephone conference call Thursday afternoon (Oct. 16).
Approximately 30 state association presidents and executive directors participated in the 90-minute open forum and shared their insights on the condition of the campground industry in their states. Members were invited to participate via an e-mail blast sent out earlier.
Linda Profaizer, ARVC president and CEO, moderated the event.
“The purpose was to get input on the state of the economy and how they (ARVC members) see things going and what we can do collectively to help our members survive this economic downturn,” Mark Anderson, ARVC chairman, told Woodall’s Campground Management.
“The tenor was very positive, a lot more positive than I was expecting,” he continued. “Most were reporting that business was up or flat.”
The call provided a good cross-section of officials from across the U.S., including Alaska, Anderson noted.
The price of gasoline and how it was affecting campers was probably the leading topic of concern, Anderson said. Prices ranged from a low of $2.55 in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area to a high of over $4 in California.
Anderson, who owns a campground in extreme western New York, reported on the industry in the Empire State. Like the rest of the nation, “most areas were reporting a modest increase or flat,” he said. But some, he added, are having the best year they’ve ever had. He said seasonal business seems to be up across the Northeast.
Conversely, parks in remote areas are having disappointing seasons, he said.
Anderson said Thursday’s conference call was successful enough that ARVC will try to do another one in December as a follow-up.
He said the state of the business will be a major topic at next month’s InSites Convention in Nashville, Tenn.