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Arizona’s RV Parks Report Upswing in Business

February 4, 2010 by   - () Comments Off on 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.”

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