ARVC InSites Opens on Encouraging Note
More than 75% of recreational vehicle owners believe that RV vacations cost less than other vacation options, according to national survey data released Wednesday (Nov. 12) at the InSites 2008 Convention & Outdoor Hospitality Expo in Nashville, Tenn.
The survey, conducted by PKF Consulting in a survey paid for by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), also found that the typical family of four can cut their vacation costs by 27% to 61% by using an RV, and that fuel costs would have to more than double beyond current levels before the cost advantages of RVing would change.
These statistics, of course, were welcome news to the more than 550 private park operators who have gathered at the Nashville Convention Center to attend the annual convention, hosted by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).
The Nov. 12 – 15 show includes presentations of ARVC's 2008 economic survey of the campground industry, compiled by Arizona Hospitality Research & Resource Center at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Also on tap this week are updates on ARVC achievements and its public relations and government affairs initiatives as well numerous educational seminars covering a broad range of topics, including automated check-in procedures, how to develop disaster plans, how to operate a "green" or environmentally friendly park, website marketing and other emerging best practices in campground management.
More than 50 speakers are scheduled to make presentations during InSites this week, including Shane Ott of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), Rob Schutter, CEO of Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems Inc. LSI), which franchises Yogi Bear parks, and Bob MacKinnon of Murrieta, Calif.-based MacKinnon Campground Consulting.
Other campground organizations are also holding their meetings in Nashville this week, including Best Parks of America and C.A.M.P., the national association of campground association executives.
The InSites tradeshow, which begins today, will feature nearly 100 vendors that supply everything from merchandise for campground stores to wireless Internet or Wi-Fi service and online campground reservations.