ORCA: Campground Business ‘Flat’ in 2008
The Oregon RV Park and Campground Association (ORCA) held its fall meeting on Wednesday (Oct. 15) and one topic of discussion was the state of their business this year.
“Most people in this state had a very flat year altogether,” Gillian Rampley, ORCA president, told Woodall’s Campground Management. “Most people were getting locals rather than out-of-state travelers. Like a lot of states, more people are staying longer times.”
The ORCA members located along the I-5 corridor that links Washington and California normally notice an increase in traffic this time of year as “snowbirds” head for warmer climes, she said, but traffic is definitely less this year.
The one-day meeting, held at the Premier RV Resort in Salem, attracted 35 ORCA members.
Guests included keynote speaker Scott West, chief strategy officer with Travel Oregon, and Rob Scribner with Northwest Custom Web, who led a seminar on website marketing. A cracker barrel session was held in the afternoon.
ORCA members discussed the upcoming Western regional conference for ARVC members from Oregon, California, Idaho and Arizona scheduled for March 2-4 in Reno, Nev. Rampley said campgrounds and vendors are looking forward to the first-time conference.