Kansas ARVC Encouraged to Promote Flint Hills Region
A conference call with Paul Bambei, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), was a focal point of the annual meeting of the Kansas ARVC held March 6.
Carolyn Fenn, owner of Four Seasons RV Acres, Abilene, and KARVC president, provided the following information on that meeting.
Thirteen members representing nine parks attended the all-day meeting at the Deer Grove RV Park in El Dorado, Kan.
Bambei discussed the six main benefits of ARVC membership: national pricing programs, public affairs advocacy, educational enrichment, member resources, networking opportunites and the ARVC Foundation.
He encouraged KARVC members to check the ARVC website for news updates and to be sure their park information is up to date on the site. He also went into detail about the satellite TV program with Just in Time Communications Inc. and also about upcoming programs that are being worked on: a flat music licensing fee and pricing programs with Speed Queen, Eco-Lab, Moen, Schlage and a National Health Care plan.
After a lunch break, Natalie Donges, Deer Grove RV Park, reported on her experiences attending Travel Industry Association of Kansas (TIAK) meetings and other state functions, where she has been active in addressing the unfair competition from state parks. She shared that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has stated that he supports a program to promote tourism in the Flint Hills, a distinct eco-region in eastern Kansas which has the most dense coverage of intact tall grass prairie in North America. Gov. Brownback says that parks in that area may want to find out more to take advantage of that tourist traffic.
Members also spoke by phone with Mary Arlington, KARVC’s temporary executive director, who remains active with the campground industry even though she has sold her park.
Fenn noted, “We discussed the future of KARVC and determined that we want to continue to support our organization and its association with ARVC. The membership generally agreed with Bambei’s comments about the importance of our annual meeting, our website, our ARVC membership and our directory (even though the directory is not as important as it once was – but its web presence is) and the need to streamline these items as possible to keep our budget down.”
Donges discussed ways to attract new park members, including having individual parks contact other parks in their area or in their travels. She also talked more about the importance of TIAK membership for members to stay in touch with tourism in the state.
Kansas ARVC’s 2013 meeting will be Feb. 26 at the Salina KOA.