Hill Country RV Resort Receives TACO Award
Hill Country RV Resort & Cottage Rentals, a 396-site park in New Braunfels, Texas, has received the 2010 ”Website of the Year Award” from the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), which operates TexasCampgrounds.com and TexasCabinRentals.net.
“We used an outside panel of judges and they determined that Hill Country RV Resort’s website was among the best in the campground industry,” said Brian Schaeffer, the Texas association’s executive director and CEO.
The judges were particularly impressed with Hill Country RV Resort’s easy-to-navigate website layout, abundance of photos as well as its narrated video tours of the resort’s park model cottages.
Partner Bryan Kastleman said the website videos have been very well received by guests who want to know as much as possible about the park and its cottages before they book their reservations.
“I want our guests to know what they are getting,” Kastleman said. “We give full descriptions and show the size and the floorplan of each unit. We even show each unit from outside, so they can see its surroundings.”
But while Hill County RV Resort’s website is highly regarded in the campground industry, Kastleman said his website work is never done. “I go over it all the time,” he said. “I’m constantly in touch with Texas Advertising, my website developers, making changes and updating the site.”
The online updates, in fact, are only the latest improvements taking place at the New Braunfels resort, which has undergone a $1.5 million facelift during the past two years.
Kastleman has overseen the replacement of several mobile homes with upscale recreational park trailer rentals, electrical upgrades, the installation of new washers and dryers, the construction of new pet walking areas, construction of a new park store, and the addition of more activities for children, including a horseshoe pit, a Jumping Pillow, a shuffleboard table, a bumper pool table and more games.
With the addition of 13 more park models earlier this year, Hill Country RV Resort now has 33 park model cottage rentals, all of which were added after Hill Country Hillside Ltd., an Austin-based investment group, acquired the park in December 2007. The park also has 283 RV sites and 80 mobile home sites, Kastleman said.
In addition to marketing Texas campgrounds and holding an annual industry awards competition, the TACO publishes and distributes the Texas RV Travel & Camping Guide and serves as a clearing house for camping related information in Texas. For statistics and commentary involving the latest camping trends in Texas and New Mexico parks, contact Schaeffer at (817) 307-0129 or visit www.texascampgrounds.com and www.texascabinrentals.net.