Arizona's RV Parks Report Upswing in Business
Snow Birds have arrived at Arizona’s recreational vehicle parks in greater numbers than last year, according to the Arizona Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (Arizona ARVC).
The industry group is reporting that private parks are reporting increases in occupancy from 10-30%, with many out of town visitors extending their stays into March and April, according to the Phoenix Business Journal.
“We’re doing extremely well. We’re up about 16.5% in terms of occupancy,” said Wendell Johnson, general manager of Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort in Casa Grande.
While the Valley’s major resorts have been hit hard during the recession, this lower-profile part of the local hospitality sector appears to be rebounding.
Park operators attribute the increase to moderate fuel prices, an improving stock market and a strong Canadian dollar, said Merlin Jones, president of Arizona ARVC.
Jones, who serves as general manager of Eagle View RV Resort in Fort McDowell, said his park has also seen a significant increase in visitors this winter.
“It’s a lot better than last year,” he said. “We’re up a good 10%. We’re still receiving reservations for monthlies for February and March.”