New Brunswick Looks Into Campground Levy

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The owner of Hardings Point Campground (above) in New Brunswick fears an additional tax on his park will deter campers. New Brunswick, Canada, tourists could soon be paying a new 3% levy to stay in the province’s campgrounds, hotels and motels. CBC News reported that the Department of Tourism says no final decision has been made on a new levy but industry officials say the proposal would create a tourism marketing fund. The levy has not been unveiled and it has already created a division in the... Read more

Vendors Report Stronger Sales at TACO Show

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Several vendors attending the Texas Association of Campground Owners’ (TACO) Spring Meeting reported strong sales leads and higher sales figures than last year, which they said could signal a strengthening economy, according to a news release. “It was a good show. There was more buying activity than last year,” said Wade Elliott of Utility Supply Group, a Kingston, Wash.-based supplier of electrical pedestals and related products who regularly attends campground industry trade shows across... Read more

Good Sam Buys Domain; Aug. Launch

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Good Sam, the world’s leading provider of products and services for the RV and outdoor recreation consumer, has announced that it has purchased the domain name from Dometic Group., the most recognizable URL in the RV industry, will be used by Good Sam to make it easier for RV and outdoor lifestyle consumers to learn about everything RV, from how to select and buy an RV that suits their lifestyle, to researching and reserving a campsite to interacting with fellow RVers, according to... Read more

Texas Parks Honored at TACO Spring Meeting

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The Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) announced the winners of its annual awards competition at its Spring Meeting at Guadalupe River RV Resort in Kerrville. “We had more entries this year than we ever have before,” said Brian Schaeffer, TACO’s executive director and CEO, adding that the association has also expanded the competition to include new categories for best welcome package, best special event and best brochure. According to a news release, this year’s award winners were... Read more

Interior Secretary Jewell True Outdoorswoman

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Sally Jewell Sally Jewell bounded up a granite boulder near the peak of Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park and turned back to her hiking companion, who was staring up at the smooth rock that offered no obvious hand- or footholds. “Trust your feet,” she said. That mountaineer’s mantra has carried  Jewell through a lifetime of challenging ascents and a varied career as petroleum engineer, banker and retail executive, the New York Times reported. On April 12, she was sworn in as the... Read more

Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

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Some weather-related closures KENTUCKY From the Business & Heritage, Clarksville, Tenn.: Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area management officials have announced a temporary closure of some areas due to the excessive rains over the weekend. Land Between The Lakes (LBL) received excessive rainfall throughout the day Saturday leading to extremely saturated soil conditions that caused the temporary closure of Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area, as of April 29, until further notice. Turkey... Read more

Missouri State Parks Promoting ‘Learn2 Camp’

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For the second year, Missouri State Parks is teaming up with The North Face’s Explore Your Parks Program to teach families how to have an enjoyable and safe camping experience with its Learn2 Camp program. The program provides expert answers and guidance to families who want to go camping but are uncertain how and what equipment is needed, KFVS-TV, Cape Girardeau County, reported. This summer, 40 families will have the opportunity to participate in the program, which will be held at five different... Read more

Editorial: States Running Corps Campgrounds

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Editor’s Note: The following editorial appeared in the Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune. North Dakotans get good use out of parks and campgrounds in the state. On a summer weekend, many of these outdoor recreation facilities are well used for fishing, water sports, hiking, bike riding, horseback riding and just being out of doors. Because of the state’s strong financial position, state parks are in good shape and their future looks solid. The federal government, on the other hand, has money problems,... Read more

RVIA Holds 1st Park Model Standards Meeting

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) held its first standards technical subcommittee meeting on the ANSI A119.5 Standard and handbook on April 16 in South Bend, Ind. The subcommittee, chaired by John Walters of Cavco Industries Inc., is made up of technical and engineering experts who reviewed and made recommendations regarding over 100 proposed changes to park model standards, including ANSI A119.5, NEC Article 552 and the A119.5 Handbook, according to the RVIA Today Express. In addition... Read more

Cabin Offer Promoting a San Diego Staycation

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Johnathan Skinner, director of the park and recreation department at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve Editor’s Note: Writing on LinkedIn, Johnathan Skinner, director of park and recreation at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in the Greater San Diego area, explained that the park department was contacted by a local reporter that wanted to review the department’s new (well 2011 new) cabins for an article on Staycations. “We set her up with a two-night stay in one of our floating... Read more

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