Some Final Words from ARVC on the Eve of the InSites Convention in Orlando
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 of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA); Vic Nolting, vice chairman of Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI) and president of Coney Island; Ron Beard, owner, Ron D. Beard & Associates; Pat Hittmeier, chief operating officer of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA); and Linda Profaizer, ARVC president, discuss the state of the industry, the challenging times and the emerging opportunities available today. There will be plenty of time for questions and comments during the session. Come prepared to listen, learn and participate.
The General Session Panel Discussion: “How to Conduct Business in a Changing World” will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. In this informative session attendees will hear how other sectors of the hospitality and outdoor industries are coping with today’s economy. ARVC has chosen a select group of individuals from other organizations in the hospitality business (other than camping) who have agreed to share strategies and success stories. Featured panelists include:
- Tammi Runzler, vice president convention sales/services at the Orlando Convention Bureau.
- A spokesperson for SeaWorld, Aquatic, and Discovery Cove.
- A spokesperson for Darden Restaurants, Inc. which operates Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, and Smokey Bones establishments in North America.
- Harris Rosen, founder and president of Rosen Hotels and Resorts.
Learn more about the 2009 InSites Convention and Outdoor Hospitality Expo and register online at www.arvc.org.
InSites Celebrates ARVC Foundation
Day on Nov. 11
The National Foundation for RVing and Camping provides innovative programs to educate campground and RV park owners. It helps build the groundwork for successful business operations. Funded by sponsorships, voluntary contributions, planned giving and fundraising activities, the foundation continues to develop meaningful contribution programs. The ARVC Foundation has several exciting fund raising events in store for InSites 2009. Having fun and helping a great cause helps each and every one of us. Additionally, the foundation is a 501c3 organization – all contributions and donations are tax-deductible.
Start the day by getting your golf game in gear and have a ball at the Annual ARVC Foundation Golf Outing, 7:30 a.m. shotgun start, at the award-winning Shingle Creek Golf Club – rated as one of America’s Top 40 new golf courses by Golfweek Magazine.
Entry fee of $150 includes range balls, riding cart, GPS, lunch, contests, gifts and prizes. Callaway and Taylor Made rentals are available for those without clubs. All proceeds will benefit the ARVC Foundation and in turn all industry members.
Later that evening, 6:30 to 9 p.m., come ready to rumble… it’s the Foundation All-Star Party. Get ready for an “All Star” experience in the widely acclaimed ARVC Sports arena. There will be fun, great ball park food, auction items, music and games. And be sure to enter the newly revised Home Run Derby Sweepstakes – everyone wins!
ARVC Taking a Leadership
in the Green Revolution
As an industry committed to outdoor hospitality, ARVC is proud to take a leadership role in helping RV parks and campgrounds understand how they can become more “green.”
Each month the ARVC Report as well as the ARVC Report in Advance e-news spotlights an area of opportunity for parks to become more eco-friendly. Past topics have included green building, best green practices in restaurant and dining facilities, earth-wise pool operations, and more.
Last year ARVC introduced the Plan-It Green program, encouraging parks to pledge to Plan-It Green by meeting certain criteria, including the Plan-It Green logo on the www.GoCampingAmerica.com park pages that have pledged green and offering a green toolbox on www.arvc.org.
Parks or suppliers offering green products and services at this year’s InSites Outdoor Hospitality Expo will be identified with a green logo and offered the opportunity to contribute an article to the ARVC Report readership. ARVC will once again be honoring those member parks that have pledged Plan-It Green with a green award at the InSites Awards of Excellence banquet.
Going green can also save ‘business green.’ There are now federal tax credits for energy efficiency. If your park has gone green or is considering becoming more energy efficient, take a look at these incentives – visit www.energystar.gov/taxcredits.
ARVC is proud to usher in the greening of our industry, helping members reduce their environmental footprint and educate their guests about eco-friendly actions.
Estate Tax Future Unclear
Until the end of this year, the estate tax is set at 45% for its highest rate and an individual’s heirs are allowed to exclude $3.5 million from the taxable estate. But these rates and exemptions automatically expire Dec. 31, as mandated in the 2001 Tax Reform Act. After one year, in 2011 the estate tax system reverts to its pre-2001 form with a top rate of 55% and an exemption of only $1 million.
President Obama has proposed that Congress “freeze” the rate and exemption at 2009 levels (45% and $3.5 million) and the Congressional budget resolution earlier this year included a “placeholder” for a freeze at those levels. (The budget resolution is only a proposal and its provisions require later Congressional action.) Such action, however, (continuing the 2009 estate tax levels) would have to be offset with tax revenue or budget cuts elsewhere, and this would require 60 votes in the Senate to pass if there is a procedural challenge. It is not yet clear how Congress will resolve this problem, although, with support from the White House and in Congress, it does seem likely that the estate tax in some fashion will remain near its current 2009 level.
Travel Promotion Act Passes Senate
On Sept. 9, by a roll call vote of 79-19, the Senate passed the Travel Promotion Act, S. 1023. This legislation, long supported by ARVC and the rest of the travel and tourism industry, would establish a public-private corporation to develop and implement a campaign to increase substantially the number of international visitors to the U.S. and reverse a two decade decline in our country’s share of the global tourism market. More international visitors will mean greater revenue and more jobs for the U.S. Federal funding for the new Travel Promotion Corp. would come from a $10 charge on visitors from the “visa waiver countries,” who are not required to obtain a U.S. visa. This would have to be matched by funding from the travel and tourism industry. The issue now goes to the House of Representatives, which has a comparable bill, H.R. 2935 before it.