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TengoInternet to Offer 2nd Wi-Fi Report Webinar

TengoInternet has scheduled another free webinar for Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. CST to review key findings and recommendations contained in the company’s recently released “2016 State of the Industry Report” that assesses campgrounds, RV parks and resorts’ ability to meet guests’ expectations for Wi-Fi service across North America. Park operators can access a link to register for the free webinar at www.tengointernet.com or by clicking here. “We have received a lot of positive feedback... Read more

Outdoor Rec Groups Lobby Trump For Support

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) joined forces with more than 10 other outdoor recreation groups, representing nearly 90% of the outdoor economy, to work with the Trump administration’s transition team on policies that will help those industries thrive. Soundings Trade Only reported that the outdoor recreation industry contributes about $646 billion a year to the nation’s gross domestic product, about 4 percent of the U.S. economy, according to a 2012 Outdoor Industry Association... Read more

Opinion: Cyber Shopping a Fit for Campgrounds

Art Lieberman The following column is by Art Lieberman, president of Merchants Choice Payment Solutions (MCPS) for Campgrounds. I’m writing this article on what has been termed Cyber Monday (Nov. 28). This name was coined back in 2005 by the National Retail Federation in order to generate more sales after the Thanksgiving Day weekend, and it sure has worked. This almost wasn’t necessary, to promote marketing of goods and services on the Internet. Since businesses have started to promote themselves... Read more

Mich. DNR Launches ‘Giving Guide’ to Aid Parks

With the holiday season underway, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is highlighting easy opportunities to support Michigan’s great outdoors. UpMatters.com reported that this year outdoor enthusiasts can consider making a contribution to a favorite park, trail or boating site to help maintain their favorite corners of Michigan for future generations. Through the Giving Guide, outdoor enthusiasts can help improve and preserve Michigan state parks and recreation areas, trails... Read more

RV Trade Groups Focusing on Customer Service

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and RVDA of Canada issued a joint statement this morning (Nov. 30) on their “continued commitment to improving the customer experience.” Over the past decade, the elected officers of RVDA and RVIA have met twice per year to discuss issues critical to the health of the RV industry. Over the last 12 months, this group has met several times to specifically address the most pressing issues around... Read more

Spate of Wildfires Impacting Avid Hikers in N.C.

Bill and Sharon Van Horn go hiking most weekends in North Carolina’s Nantahala Forest surrounding their home in Macon County. But, according to a report by the Citizen-Times, like so many outdoors enthusiasts, the wildfires burning and smoking across thousands of acres have kept the Van Horns from venturing too far into the forests. “We try to go out hiking every weekend, and every Wednesday we go out to do trail maintenance,” said Bill Van Horn, who with his wife are members of the Franklin-based... Read more

RVDA Honors Quality Circle Award Recipients

(L-R) RVDA Chairman Darrel Friesen honors Tiffin Motorhomes General Manager Tim Tiffin and National Sales Manager Andy Baer The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) honored RV brands built by 15 manufacturers with its Quality Circle Award Monday (Nov. 28) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Ky., preluding today’s opening of the RVIA National RV Trade Show. RVDA Chairman Darrel Friesen of All Season’s RV Center in Yuba City, Calif., said that the Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI)... Read more

Consumer Confidence Roars Back in November

Americans’ optimism about the economy came roaring back in November, hitting a nine-year high as the economy heads into the key holiday shopping season. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the Conference Board said Tuesday (Nov. 29) its index of consumer confidence jumped to 107.1 in November after dropping to an upwardly revised 100.8 in October. Economists surveyed by WSJ expected the index to rise to 101.8 in November. Tuesday’s report is “consistent with an improving labor market and... Read more

Minn. Campground Growing RV Sales Business

Oak Lake RV Sales and Service has opened a second location in Moose Lake, Minn. Henry and Norma Hoffman have operated a campground at their home on the shore of Oak Lake since 1969 and gradually built up the RV sales and service business. “It was a natural fit,” Norma said. “Many of the campers like to look at and purchase RVs and vacation homes for their lots in the campground.” The campground has grown over the years, and a second one was opened on the other side of the lake. It now has... Read more

NPS 100th Wraps up at Christmas Tree Lighting

Eva Longoria will host the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and Marc Anthony, Afro Blue, and the Airmen of Note will join Chance the Rapper, Kelly Clarkson, Yolanda Adams, James Taylor, The Lumineers, Garth Brooks, and Trisha Yearwood in performing a collection of holiday favorites. As reported by the Santa Monica Observer, the lighting takes place on Thursday (Dec. 1) on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House). The special event wraps the National Park Service... Read more

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