KOA Outlines Upbeat Trends to 600 at Convention

November 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Chief Operations Officer Toby O’Rourke With the 90% of its 500 parks posting gains in 2017, life is good right now for Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), America’s largest network of private campgrounds. That much was apparent during Thursday’s (Nov. 16) opening session of the Annual KOA International Convention as KOA Chairman Oscar Tang, President and CEO Pat Hittmeier, Chief Operations Officer Toby O’Rourke and CFO John Burke addressed some 600 attendees at the Phoenix Convention Center... Read more

Ventura Ranch Receives ‘KOA President’s Award’

The Ventura Ranch KOA Holiday Campground in Santa Paula, Calif., has earned the prestigious KOA President’s Award from Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA). According to a release, the award was presented today (Nov. 17) at KOA’s Annual International Convention in Phoenix, Ariz. KOA is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year. The KOA President’s Award is presented annually to campgrounds that receive high scores in customer service from their campers, and also receive top scores in KOA’s... Read more

Ocean Lakes Garners ARVC Top Mega Park Honor

The Ocean Lakes Family Campground was named the top mega park in the country for a sixth time. According to a press release, the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds presented Ocean Lakes with the Mega Park of the Year award during the association’s annual conference this month in Raleigh, N.C. The award is given to the campground that consistently delivers exceptional guest experiences as a result of its all-around excellence, the release stated. “We are so thrilled to again bring... Read more

Louisville will Spotlight Emerging Industry Trends

The 2017 National RV Trade Show, the largest industry gathering of RV manufacturers and their component parts suppliers, will showcase some of the leading and emerging trends impacting the $27 billion-dollar RV industry. Hosted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), the event is scheduled for Nov. 27–30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. According to a press release, with RV popularity soaring to an all-time high, the National RV Trade Show is the ideal venue... Read more

Calif. Park Requiring Registration on All Vehicles

In an attempt to reduce traffic jams and overcrowding, California’s Muir Woods National Monument will become the first national park unit in the United States to require reservations year-round for all vehicles to enter the park. Managers of the Marin County preserve, famous for its towering redwood trees, announced Thursday that starting Jan. 16 everybody who plans to bring a car to Muir Woods will need to book a reservation online or by phone. Vehicles without reservations will be turned... Read more

New Jersey Parks Introducing a Smartphone Tool

The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry has launched a new smartphone tool that spotlights the state’s parks and forests, giving users maps of trails within those areas as well as other nearby activities within the parks. According to the New Jersey Herald, depending on the cell service available, the app can show where you are located and, depending on the scale of the map, where there may be nearby state-managed trails. Known as the Trail Tracker ( or Read more

New York State Parks Discount Empire Pass Card

The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) announced it is offering a 4 1/2-month sale on the 2018 annual Empire Pass Card. reported that the card, currently available online, is a better and more cost effective way to enjoy the more than 250 individual state parks, historic sites, recreational trails, boat launches and more. The Empire Pass Card is a wallet-sized plastic card that can be shared among family members including parents, grandparents,... Read more

Tucson Casino Resort Plans to Build New RV Park

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Tucson, Ariz., plans to build a 150-room hotel, an RV park and enlarged convention space at its Casino del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center. reported that the $130 million casino resort, which opened in 2011, already has a hotel with 215 rooms. “We have been really fortunate within the last few years at Casino del Sol with our occupancy rates in the upper 90% every week,” said Kimberly Van Amburg, the resort’s chief executive officer. “When... Read more

Popular 120-Acre N.H. Campground is Being Sold

A popular local vacation destination in Brentwood, N.H., for more than 50 years, 3 Ponds Campground is being sold to a developer planning a 55-and-over housing project. As reported by the Union Leader, the campground will remain open for one more season before developer Joseph Falzone of Harbor Street Limited Partnership takes ownership of the 120-plus acres next September. “I’m 86, and it’s time for me to retire,” said campground owner Claire Hibbard, who owns the property with her six children... Read more

‘Celebrity Ambassadors’ Spotlight National Parks

The National Park Service, which partied hard during its centennial last year, is back with a PSA: Life after 100 can still be a walk — or a hike — in the park. As reported by the Washington Post, for its 101st birthday, the NPS and National Park Foundation launched Parks 101, an ongoing online series that will introduce the masses to lesser-known destinations within the 417-site system. The overarching message: With visits up by 50 million between 2014 and 2016, people should stop bunching... Read more

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