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LSI Adds 2 New Jellystone Parks to Franchise

Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI), franchiser of 71 Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts in the U.S. and Canada, has added two new parks to its national roster in Austin, Minn., and Memphis, Tenn. "Travelers are looking for more vacations that are economical, family-oriented and close to home," said Rob Schutter, LSI president and COO, in a news release. "We're very pleased to be able to bring the Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park experience to southwest Minnesota and Memphis where residents... Read more

CNA Adds Campground Insurance Program

The Excess and Surplus (E&S) unit of CNA insurance companies is offering a new program to fit the specific needs of resort-style campgrounds. The E&S Campgrounds program is targeted to campgrounds with amenities including river rafting, swimming, fishing, golfing, wall climbing, water parks, restaurants and horseback riding, according to a news release. The program offers general liability, property, employee benefits, inland marine, signs and auto coverage. An extended property endorsement... Read more

Campfire Survey: RVers to Camp More in ‘09

Consumer confidence may be down, but RVer confidence remains high, according to the biannual Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners conducted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Fifty-five percent of survey respondents intend to use their RVs more this spring/summer than last year, and 45% are considering another purchase, according to a news release announcing the results. Only 4% say they'll use their RVs less this year. Three-fourths said they planned to take more mini-vacations... Read more

'Travel Report' to Look at The Great Outdoors

Public television’s “The Travel Report” is producing a new series on "The Great Outdoors" hosted by Hugh Downs. "People will always want to travel and get away from it all when there is stress in their lives,” according to a press release. Upon speaking with different industry experts, it appears that consumers are also traveling closer to home this year, so adventures in their own backyard will be more prevalent, the release noted. Initial data from the 2009 Outdoor Recreation... Read more

Corps Works Will Disrupt Many Campgrounds

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that several flood damage repair and improvement projects are underway that will affect reservations at various parks throughout Tulsa District. Tulsa District encompasses all of Oklahoma, the southern half of Kansas, Lake Texoma that straddles Oklahoma and Texas and Pat Mayse Lake in Texas. Existing reservations will be honored where possible but reservations will not be available through the National Recreation Reservation System at parks where the work... Read more

Good Sam Club Names Welcome Mat Winners

The Good Sam Club, the world's largest RV owners' organization with nearly 1 million member families, has announced the recipients of its 2009 Welcome Mat awards, aimed at recognizing RV-friendly businesses for their customer service and commitment to the recreation vehicle lifestyle. All Good Sam Club members are asked to vote for several categories of businesses they see providing RVers with superior customer service and meeting their specific needs. Awards reflect the diverse interests... Read more

FMCA Show Successful Despite Soft Economy

Although attendance was down substantially at the Family Motor Coach Association's (FMCA) 81st International Convention March 16-19 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Ga., organizers were pleased with the turnout. FMCA reported that 2,774 family coaches registered for the event, down 27% from the 3,822 that attended FMCA's 2007 winter convention in Perry. "With all the stories on the news about the economy, it ended up being a very successful show," said... Read more

Campfire Survey: RVers to Camp More in ‘09

Consumer confidence may be down, but RVer confidence remains high, according to the biannual Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners conducted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Fifty-five percent of survey respondents intend to use their RVs more this spring/summer than last year, and 45% are considering another purchase, according to a news release announcing the results. Only 4% say they'll use their RVs less this year. Three-fourths said they planned to take more mini-vacations... Read more

'Travel Report' to Look at The Great Outdoors

Public television’s “The Travel Report” is producing a new series on "The Great Outdoors" hosted by Hugh Downs. "People will always want to travel and get away from it all when there is stress in their lives,” according to a press release. Upon speaking with different industry experts, it appears that consumers are also traveling closer to home this year, so adventures in their own backyard will be more prevalent, the release noted. Initial data from the 2009 Outdoor Recreation... Read more

Corps Works Will Disrupt Many Campgrounds

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that several flood damage repair and improvement projects are underway that will affect reservations at various parks throughout Tulsa District. Tulsa District encompasses all of Oklahoma, the southern half of Kansas, Lake Texoma that straddles Oklahoma and Texas and Pat Mayse Lake in Texas. Existing reservations will be honored where possible but reservations will not be available through the National Recreation Reservation System at parks where the work... Read more

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