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Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

July 19, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

 

Photo taken at the Reviewers Retreat.

GEORGIA

From a Go RVing news release:

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and Go RVing Coalition were outside of Atlanta from June 30 – July 2 to promote RV travel and camping to influential mommy and family bloggers during the 3rd Annual Reviewers Retreat.

Held at the Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens, Reviewers Retreat is a conference for review bloggers that provided the opportunity for these online influencers to attend workshops and sessions on influence marketing, network with peers, and build relationships with company and agency personnel representing different brands.

As an event sponsor, Go RVing set up an outdoor camping display featuring a Fleetwood Excursion Class A motorhome, Evergreen Everlite travel trailer and Forest River Vibe travel trailer. Event attendees were able to tour the RVs, pick up Go RVing materials, and learn about the freedom, fun, flexibility and affordability offered by RV travel and camping.

“This was another step in our effort to promote RV travel to the blogging community,” said Karen Redfern, RVIA’s senior director of marketing communications, who attended the event. “More and more consumers are getting news and ideas from bloggers. Given their high level of credibility with readers, they are a great medium to promote the benefits of RV travel with families.”

From the Savannah Morning News:

Skidaway Island State Park has added three new cabins that feature showers, cold air conditioning, microwaves, coffeemakers and stoves and soft, comfortable beds.

“Many state parks have cottages that are usually two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bath that sleep up to eight people,” park manager Holly Holdsworth says. “The cabins we have here are the first of their type.

“They are not full-scale cottages,” she says. “We don’t really have the space here for those.”

But the tiny cabins have the best features of those cottages. There is a living area with comfortable seating, a full kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, a sleeping loft overhead that holds two beds, a deck, a screened-in porch with two rockers and a ceiling fan.

Diehard outdoorsmen need not despair. There is a fire ring, grill and picnic table outside for those hardy campers who are determined to cook outdoors.

Currently, there are three cabins — in blue, green and yellow — including one that is handicapped-accessible. And they’re attracting all kinds of attention.

“People have been going crazy,” Marketing Coordinator Laura Seifert says. “We’re getting calls every day.”

So far, the cabins have been advertised only online.

“We got 130 ‘likes’ on one post,” Seifert says.

“When we put it on the Georgia state parks site, we got 450 ‘likes’ in one day,” Holdsworth says. “People are very excited about them.”

Click here to read the entire story.

NORTH DAKOTA

From the Jamestown Sun:

Stutsman County has passed an ordinance regulating crew camps.

The ordinance restricts crew camps to agricultural, commercial and industrial zones and does not permit them in any residential areas.

It also requires that any crew camp have a 6-foot fence surrounding its perimeter, be 1,320 feet from any residence or occupied structure, have a $1 million surety bond for cleanup, show legible unit numbers and have all required health and safety permits,

Crew camps also will be charged a $300 annual administrative fee per bed in addition to property taxes on the land.

Zoning administrator Dustin Bakken says definitions for campgrounds, trailers and travel trailers will be added to the regular zoning ordinances to help distinguish them from crew camps.

ALBERTA

From the Edmonton Journal:

Environmental groups are worried about a proposal that could see a 66-suite lodge and 15 cabins built near the ecologically sensitive Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park.

Earlier this month, Maligne Tours Ltd. announced it would soon submit a new tourism strategy to Parks Canada for the lake, the longest and deepest in the Rockies, where the company currently operates a chalet and boat tours, but no overnight accommodations. It would be the first overnight lodging since 1969, when Parks Canada completed a road to the site.

Click here to read the entire story.

MONTANA

From the Daily Interlake, Kalispell:

This photo provided by Montana State Parks shows flood water running down the main street of Bannack on Wednesday (July 17). The flooding destroyed one building from the 1800s, washed out the town’s boardwalk and caused flooding damage to dozens of other properties. The annual celebration Bannack Days scheduled for this weekend has been canceled and officials say the park has been closed until further notice. (AP Photo/Montana State Parks Department)

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