Ocean Lakes Earns Multiple Awards at ARVC Conference
Ocean Lakes Family Campground, a subsidiary of The Jackson Cos., received three national honors on Dec. 2.
The Myrtle Beach, S.C., campground was named 2011-2012 “Park of the Year” in the Mega Park category by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) at the 2011 Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo held in Savannah, Ga., according to a news release.
At the same event, Ocean Lakes was honored as one of the top 10 campgrounds in the country by Woodall’s, which produces dozens of national and regional campground publications. It was also awarded the prestigious GuestRated.com’s “A” grade for the fourth year based on guest reviews.
This is the fifth time that the 40-year-old family-owned Myrtle Beach campground has received the title of “Park of the Year” in the Mega Park category. It was last named the country’s best campground in 2008.
Ocean Lakes was also named one of the “Top 10 Favorite Parks in North America 2011” as part of Woodall’s Vote for Your Favorite Campground Sweepstakes.This contest was held in celebration of Woodalls’ 75th birthday, and the selection was based solely on a nationwide vote by camping guests who voted for their favorite campground among more than 8,000 in North America.
Another honor came as the result of a customer satisfaction survey of campgrounds, RV parks and resorts of more than 30,000 camping and RV enthusiasts. Ocean Lakes was among only two percent of campgrounds that received the GuestRated.com’s “A” grade. The Myrtle Beach campground has received this honor all four years that the survey has been conducted.
“We are truly honored to receive such outstanding recognition,” said Lance Thompson, vice president and general manager for Ocean Lakes. “To be selected as ‘Park of the Year’ by a panel of our industry peers means so much since they understand what it takes to operate a successful park. However, the other two awards were unsolicited. GuestRated.com’s “A” Grade is based totally on surveys about our guests’ experience, and to be voted into the Woodall’s Top 10 by guests out of so many campground choices, well, it is overwhelming. What a great way to wrap up our 40th birthday celebration.”
The ARVC’s Awards Committee named Ocean Lakes “Park of the Year” based on a variety of criteria, including commitment to industry, community service, management skills, marketing efforts, operations, state association involvement, website and ARVC involvement.
Ocean Lakes is a leader in the campground industry’s green efforts. Its iCare Program, established in August 2008, uses the slogan “Awareness and Action Count” to encourage guest responsibility and education. iCare focuses on pet pollution, litter impact, recycling and finding new ways to operate more efficiently.
This summer, Ocean Lakes became the first location for an electric vehicle charging station along the Carolina coast. In addition, the campground’s guests and teammates have recycled more than 250,000 pounds of solid waste, averaging about two tons per week. Ocean Lakes’ landscaping department composts to produce mulch and fertilizer for flower beds. Solar-heated water is being tested at one of the bathhouses to determine how much water and gas it saves.