SSI: Towable Sales Climb 4.5% for 10 Months

December 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Towable sales ticked up slightly for the first 10 months of 2018 as overall retail registrations rose 4.5%. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by category showed: Travel trailer sales climbed 4.6% for the 10 months. Fifth-wheel registrations rose 6.2% through October. Folding camping trailer sales dropped 11.4% for the 10 months. Park model RV sales edged up 2.6% through October. Thor Industries Inc. was the towable sales leader for the 10 months with... Read more

KOA Sees 8 Years of Growth, Expects More

November 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

KOA CEO Pat Hittmeier Editor’s Note: (WCM) caught up with Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) CEO Pat Hittmeier and President Toby O’Rourke during the 2018 International Convention & Expo in Fort Worth, Texas. Below is a portion of our edited conversation. Look for the full interview in the January issue of Woodall’s Campground Management.  WCM: Would it be an exaggeration to say that KOA is in a good place right now, from every business perspective? Hittmeier: ... Read more

CONY Has ‘Great Turnout’ at 56th Exposition

November 29, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees took part in educational seminars during the exposition. Susanne Bixby, vice president of marketing and public relations for the Campground Owners of New York (CONY), told that the 56th Annual CONY Exposition for the Outdoor Hospitality Industry and Trade Show went “extremely well.” Held in mid-November at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y., Bixby said that the exposition saw a “great turnout,” with more than 100 attendees representing 50 campgrounds and more... Read more

‘CORCL Boats’ Introduces New ‘WGWAG’ Raft

November 21, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Carter Brigham, co-founder of CORCL Boats, told during the expo at the National Association of RV Parks and Campground’s (ARVC) Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) that the company has released a new product called the WGWAG. ARVC’s OHCE was held Nov. 5-8 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. The WGWAG is a molded plastic raft that users stand on to float across a body of water. Brigham noted that the WGWAG features fins and a rope to help users... Read more

KOA Reports Continued Growth At Convention

November 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Pat Hittmeier speaks during the Kampgrounds of America Inc. 2018 Convention in Fort Worth, Texas The news has been good for Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) in 2018. That is the message KOA officials are spreading at their 2018 convention being held this week in Fort Worth, Texas. KOA CEO Pat Hittmeier told attendees that guest satisfaction is up, with 97% of the system’s campgrounds scoring 40%. He also noted that KOA is set to spend more than $10 million on marketing in 2019, a 74% increase... Read more

’18 OHCE Draws Over 750 For Education, Expo

November 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds saw more than 750 attend its 2018 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo. The National Association of RV Parks and Campground’s (ARVC) 2018 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE) drew more than 750 to Oklahoma City, Okla., this week, as many campground owners in attendance reported a busy 2018 season. Located in the heart of the city, the Cox Convention Center was home to educational sessions and more than 110 vendors. Paul Bambei,... Read more

ARVC’s OHCE Registrations Up, Runs Nov. 5-8

November 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

ARVC’s 2018 OHCE is set to kickoff next week in Oklahoma City. Officials at the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) are busy putting the finishing touches on the 2018 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE), which is set to run from Nov. 5-8 in Oklahoma City, Okla., at the Cox Convention Center. “We are incredibly excited for next week and our members are getting excited too,” Paula Horwitz, ARVC’s senior director of education and events, told Read more

Michael: Florida Town Is Wiped Out, ‘It’s All Gone’

October 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Homes and businesses in Mexico Beach, Fla., were devastated by Hurricane Michael, which hit Wednesday afternoon with winds of up to 155 mph. The storm surge, wind and rain flattened large swaths of the town. The U.S. National Guard unit raced to clear rubble and power lines as it made its way along U.S. Highway 98. The goal: Blaze a path to this isolated beach town on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the place that bore the most devastating impact of Hurricane Michael’s landfall, so rescues could begin... Read more

Michael: Florida ARVC Offices In Path, Evacuated

October 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Bobby Cornwell In the midst of storm preparations, as Category 4 Hurricane Michael heads towards the Gulf Coast of Florida and Georgia, Bobby Cornwell, president and CEO of the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (Florida ARVC), told that their offices in Tallahassee were in the path of the storm and being evacuated. The storm’s sustained winds have increased to about 140 mph, with higher gusts, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The agency said it is possible... Read more

NJCOA’s 2018 Fall Tour Draws In Over 40 Members

October 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees of the New Jersey Campground Owners Association’s Fall Tour were able to network and discuss issues with other campground owners/managers. The New Jersey Campground Owners Association (NJCOA) saw more than 40 members attend its annual “Fall Tour” Oct. 2-4 in New Jersey’s Skylands Region. TripleBrook Campground in Blairstown, and Delaware River Family Campground in Columbia, both hosted portions of the event. NJCOA Executive Director Joann DelVescio told Read more

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