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Campgrounds Cut Back on Purchases from Electrical Supply Firms in 2009

October 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

  Jeff Crider By many accounts, 2009 hasn’t been as bad as many park operators thought it could be. “By and large, I’m hearing that folks are having an acceptable year,” said Wade Elliott, founder and president of Issaquah, Wash.-based Utility Supply Group Inc. “In some cases,” he added, “their business has been better than last year’s.” But despite the fact that many parks have fared better in 2009 than they originally anticipated, Elliott said many of his customers haven’t... Read more

Some Final Words from ARVC on the Eve of the InSites Convention in Orlando

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  Evanne Schmarder ARVC is delighted to host two dynamic, not-to-be missed panel discussions including travel thought leaders from both inside and outside the outdoor hospitality industry at this year’s InSites Convention in Orlando, Fla. On Monday, Nov. 9 from 1:15 to 3 p.m., the Opening Session General Luncheon sponsored by Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts will feature an expert panel of industry leaders discussing today’s hottest topics. Listen in as panelists Richard Coon, president... Read more

Arizona Campground Opens Micro Brewery, Expects to Add Up to 40 Additional Sites in Coming Years

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  Bob Ashley The new owners of Turquoise Hills Golf and RV in Benson, Ariz., 30 miles south of Tucson, have come up with a novel way to increase business.   They opened a micro brewery in the kitchen of the full-service Triple Green Cafe to draw local customers to the small, six-site park that is undergoing renovations with plans to add as many as 40 more sites over the next several years. "One of the greens keepers is a brewmaster and one of the new owners asked if he was interested in starting... Read more

Maryland Association of Campgrounds Holds Fall Meeting

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Editor's Note: Deb Carter, executive director of the Maryland Association of Campgrounds (MAC)) filed this report from the MAC Fall Meeting held Tuesday (Oct. 27) at the Queen Anne’s County Exploration Center in Chester, Md.   In this photo provided by Anderson's Brochure Distribution Service, owners Judy Deegans (left) and Skip Deegans (right) received recognition as being associate members of the Maryland Association of Campgrounds from MAC members Justin Irons, Ole Mink Farm, Deb Carter,... Read more

Travel Alberta 'Stay' Campaign Aids Campground Sector

  Buffalo Plains campground in Alberta While hotels and motels in Alberta struggled with declining numbers this year, campground and RV park operators were busy, according to the Calgary Herald. For Sue Gyonyor, who runs the Buffalo Plains RV Park and Campground near Fort Macleod with her husband, 2009 was probably their busiest summer yet. Those filling the 31 sites and some of their unserviced overflow lot mostly came from within the province but were staying longer than usual, she said. "We... Read more

Texas Couple Wins $10,000 Prize for Yogi Bear Video

  David and Deidre Carroll and their two children (front left) are all smiles as they receive a $10,000 check as winners of a video contest sponsored by Leisure Systems Inc. Michele Wisher (right) of LSI made the presentaiton. In the back are Kim and Larry Jones, owners of the Yogi Bear Jellystone Park in Canyon Lake, Texas, where the Carroll's video was filmed. David and Deidre Carroll from Keller, Texas, are the $10,000 grand prize winners of the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park 40th Anniversary... Read more

New Features on Redesigned Arizona ARVC Website

The Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (Arizona ARVC) is stepping up its marketing of private campgrounds and RV parks and resorts with a redesigned website at www.azarvc.com. The site, which went live this fall, includes easier-to-read formats and expanded descriptions of more than 80 campgrounds across the Grand Canyon State. The site has also been reconfigured so that it can be easily accessed by consumers using smart phones, according to a news release. “In the past, we had a very... Read more

Vermont Parks Lobby for More Campground Funding

With a camp fire crackling in a fire ring and a canopy set up over a pair of picnic tables at a campsite in Little River State Park near Waterbury, Vt., the state's Forests, Parks and Recreation staff built the case Wednesday (Oct. 28) for future capital investments in the park system. Commissioner Jason Gibbs and his staff argued that parks are an economic engine that attracted 730,000 visitors this year despite a rainy start, employed 250 seasonal staff and are pumping $5.5 million into the... Read more

City Decrees RV Park Residents Leave Site One Day Yearly

  Entry drive to Boulder Oaks RV Resort in Boulder City, Nev. The Boulder City, Nev., Council on Tuesday (Oct. 27) amended an ordinance that doesn’t allow lot owners at the Boulder Oaks RV Resort to stay more than 180 consecutive days a year, now requiring them to leave for just one day. Community members of the recreational vehicle resort attended the meeting to voice concerns about the ordinance that has been a concern for residents since it took effect in February 1987, according to the Las... Read more

Florida Newspaper Eyes Tax-Exempt 'Campgrounds'

The 16 temporary campgrounds that pop up in Florida's Volusia County during events such as Biketoberfest take in thousands of dollars from bikers who just want a place to pitch a tent. Yet many of those businesses operate on land that is partially or totally exempt from county property taxes, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. While the disparity between the land's assessed value and its taxable value appears large in some cases, the amount of foregone taxes is relatively small... Read more

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