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Impact Of Tenn. Fires On Campgrounds Is Unclear

December 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Photo credit: WVLT While the town of Gatlinburg, Tenn., is now free of active fires and weekend rains helped firefighters extinguish all but two wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains region of Sevier County, Tenn., much of the area is still closed to all but first-responders and residents as a clearer picture of the damage emerges. Those in the area’s campground community are joining their friends and neighbors in assessing the loss, supporting the relief effort and gathering information in the... Read more

Campground Sanitation Providers Keep Growing

November 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Coming on the heels of another strong summer camping season, many vendors who provide products and services to campgrounds are likewise enjoying strong business. That’s certainly true for the companies providing essential sanitation products to RV parks and campgrounds, at least for the key players who talked to Woodall’s Campground Management. “It’s been a very good year,” said Christine Kornely, owner of the Tower Co. in Manitowoc, Wis. “I think campgrounds have done really well this... Read more

RV Parks, Campgrounds Offering Holiday Events

Thanksgiving at the Williamsburg KOA features a full traditional meal for guests. While many northern parks go dormant in autumn, camping friends and families will eat, drink and be merry this holiday season at many other parks across the U.S. Campgrounds and RV parks are attracting campers beyond summertime with festive food and holiday activities and as a result, more people are opting to create cozy holiday memories and traditions at campgrounds. Park owners are offering guests everything from... Read more

Schmarder: Be Smart In Marketing To Millennials

November 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The following Modern Marketing column by Evanne Schmarder, principal of Roadabode Productions, appears in November’s Woodall’s Campground Management. Evanne Schmarder Baby Boomers have long been the defining target market for the outdoor hospitality industry. From tent camping as a young family to traveling the country in a motorhome in their golden years, park owners and operators have successfully managed to attract and retain this valuable customer demographic. There’s even been... Read more

TengoInternet Industrywide Report Eyes Wi-Fi

November 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Campground Internet Service Providers according to TengoInternet’s first “State of the Industry” campground Wi-Fi report. One of the biggest challenges facing park operators today is figuring out how to address the gap between guest expectations of residential Wi-Fi and the relatively limited Wi-Fi service most parks actually provide. TengoInternet, one of the largest and oldest providers of Wi-Fi service for RV parks and campgrounds, reveals the magnitude of the challenge with... Read more

Texas Cruise Inn RV Resort Continues Its Growth

November 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Mill Creek Ranch’s Front Gate welcomes RVers and park model RV owners and renters. Mill Creek Ranch Resort RV Park & Cottages, a Cruise Inn member park in Canton, Texas, has found its own unique, successful niche in the world of RV parks, and it’s one that works well for the rustic, heavily wooded east-Texas haven. Certainly, Mill Creek Ranch has an unusual history, considering that in 2007 it was a tiny RV park on the east side of town called The Hideaway. Jim Stewart, a then-partner... Read more

Schmarder: Avoid 3 Instagram Rookie Mistakes

October 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The following Modern Marketing column by Evanne Schmarder, principal of Roadabode Productions, appears in the October issue of Woodall’s Campground Management. Evanne Schmarder There’s a reason Instagram continues to be at the top of the social media food chain. This six-year-old visual platform continues to capture the imagination of its 400 million global daily users. It’s reported that smart modern marketers participating on Instagram are enjoying per-follower engagement rates at nearly... Read more

Events Grow Exposure And Community Goodwill

October 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether it’s weekly movie nights under the stars in the summer or full-blown music festivals attended by thousands, most campgrounds and RV resorts these days offer some type of activities or events for guests beyond the self-driven entertainment of campfires, swimming pools and hiking trails. Some properties hold events for free, aiming to gain exposure or simply provide campers with added value, while others charge for certain events that become draws for the general non-camping public. Deciding... Read more

Q&A With The Escapees’ Travis & Melanie Carr

October 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Travis and Melanie Carr have taken over management of the Escapees RV Club. It wasn’t just any ordinary summer for the Escapees RV Club, one of North America’s largest RV owners groups. During the opening ceremony of Escapees’ 56th Escapade in July at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center in Essex Junction, Vt., it was announced that both Cathie Carr, president of the Escapees, and her husband, Bud Carr, president of Escapees’ Rainbow Parks campground facilities, were retiring. Cathie and... Read more

ARVC’s OHCE Includes A 50th Anniversary Bash

October 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Fort Worth, Texas, will be the backdrop to the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) this year, an event that will be as big as ever and will also provide a celebration of the association’s 50th anniversary. When ARVC members, ARVC staff, vendors and other industry leaders get together at the Fort Worth Convention Center Nov. 8-11, they’ll find a streamlined event that still manages to pack more in than ever before. “This year’s... Read more

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