Michigan Parks Upbeat Entering '13 Season
“Under the Big Top” was the theme of the Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds of Michigan’s (ARVC Michigan) spring convention, which welcomed 100 members from 49 campgrounds March 25-27 in Lansing, Mich.
The trade show featured 64 exhibitors. Both attendance and vendor participation was up from last year, reported Lori Tews, executive director of ARVC Michigan.
“The mood of Michigan campground owners was pure excitement,” Tews reported. “I believe they are all looking forward to the upcoming camping season. Plus, with all the seminars we offered, I’m sure they walked away with new and fun ideas for their campers.”
Steve Yencich, president and CEO of the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association, spoke during the opening lunch about taking a grassroots effort to greatness and the power of member support. He expressed that when the entire hospitality industry works together, it can achieve great things for the state of Michigan.
Scott Everett, Michigan ARVC’s new legislative consultant from Fraser Consulting of Fraser Treblicock law firm, outlined his current work for the association. He is seeking legislation to clarify that campgrounds are not "resellers" of electric but are merely reimbursed for the power their customers use.
He also is working on legislation to address excessive regulations and fees on both wastewater discharge and water withdrawal and to clarify the difference between resort cabins and camping cabins.
On the social front, the Murder Mystery Dinner was exceptional, Tews said, and members enjoyed magician John Dudley.