Ohio Campground Owners Meet at Confab

October 24, 2013 by   - () Comments Off on Ohio Campground Owners Meet at Confab

Campground owners from across Ohio gathered in Latham on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 23) as part of the annual Ohio Campground Owners Association fall conference, the Chillicothe Gazette reported.

The Long’s Retreat Family Resort in Latham was among the five stops on the tour in Ross and Pike counties that allowed tvisitors to network with one another, but also to explore other campgrounds to see what they had to offer. The 150-member organization represents privately owned and operated campgrounds in Ohio.

Vicki and Garry Cole, who own the Shelby/Mansfield Kampgrounds of America (KOA) in Shelby, said owning a campground is a busy venture for them. Garry Cole said the industry has had its challenges, including a reduction in discretionary spending among customers because of the recession.

He added that people are choosing to travel more locally than in the past when people would take extended vacations. The Coles have run their campground since 1991. It has been a family operation dating back to 1968.

Joe Landis, owner of the Dayton Tall Timber KOA, said, “The average camper today expects more. Campgrounds are all across the board. It’s a different lifestyle.”

He also said that to run a campground, “You have to be a plumber, an engineer, an electrician.”

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