Hard Work Wins At Award-Winning KOA

December 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When you have a great campground in a great location with an idyllic setting, it would be easy to rest on those laurels and cruise through the decades. But that’s not how Susan and Ron Hart’s family have operated for the last 38 years, and not only has it kept them current with what their guests want — a move that certainly takes a lot of untiring effort in this day and age—it earned their park, a Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Holiday near Fredericksburg, Va., the “2014 Franchisee of the... Read more

Blue Bridge Financing Park Model RVs

December 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Blue Bridge Financial wants to take park model RVs for campgrounds from an underserved lending market to one of the commercial finance company’s key markets. Blue Bridge, which has been around for eight years, is now an affiliate with Carillon Capital LLC, and in that relationship, “We’re bringing Blue Bridge into new industries,” said Ed Arienti, Carillon managing director of business development. “We are in the manufactured housing and park model industries from the perspective of working... Read more

Guest Wi-Fi Access Is Not A Simple Issue

December 16, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

When Catherine DeStasio, marketing manager of TengoInternet, ran across a report on a recent speech by Dimiter Zahariev, the manager of passenger experience development for the International Air Transport Association made one comment that really resonated with her. “He said Wi-Fi is the fourth utility, after electric, gas and water,” DeStasio said. So she decided to raise the question in LinkedIn’s RV Park and Campground Management Group. Interestingly, the virtual roundtable of mostly private... Read more

Is Your Park Ready To Meet Video Demand?

Editor's note: The following column by Jim Ganley of CheckBox Systems LLC will appear in December's Woodall's Campground Management. Jim Ganley For the last few years Netflix was one of the few major providers of Internet delivered video, with other providers such as Hulu, YouTube and Amazon also offering services. At times Netflix has accounted for more than 25% of the total traffic on the Internet worldwide. Recently HBO announced that they will begin offering Internet-only subscriptions,... Read more

Manhunt's End Eases Tensions At Pa. Parks

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Campground owners in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Poconos Mountains are welcoming a return to normal after the capture of a fugitive wanted in connection with the sniper-style deaths of two law enforcement officers. They are lamenting the loss of business during the massive 49-day manhunt, but are thankful the ordeal is over. Eric Matthew Frein is the suspect in the Sept. 12 deaths of Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II, an officer of the Pennsylvania State Police and Alex Douglass, another state trooper... Read more

A Q-and-A With Carefree's David Napp

When David Napp sits down to talk with you, as he did with Woodall’s Campground Management's Ty Adams, it’s not a bad idea to listen. His company, Carefree RV Resorts, has continued to grow into the RV sector across North America, adding 20 properties — valued at more than $300 million — over the last year or so. While he’s an attorney by trade, Napp and his business partner, Colleen Edwards, have gotten to know the RV sector well, having previously founded Encore Communities. Napp... Read more

November WCM Now Available Online

November 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The November issue of Woodall's Campground Management is now available online. Inside you'll find information on the growing popularity of pet amenities in RV parks and campgrounds, and details on many of the key suppliers of pet-related products. You'll also find columns with expert marketing advice, in-depth looks at the upcoming get-togethers for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) and Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI). You'll... Read more

These RV Parks' Activities Make Them Big

October 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The following column by Senior Editor Bob Ashley appeared in October's issue of Woodall's Campground Management. Lazy River Lazy River at Granville in Granville, Ohio, is more than a campground. It’s also a family oriented activity center that includes dozens of things for children to do along with a 300-foot zip line, gem mine and two-story-tall "challenge course" that includes slack lines to walk across and a rock-climbing wall. That's a far cry from what Lazy River was... Read more

Column: Give Guests Personal Touch

This column by Peter Pelland appears in October's issue of Woodall's Campground Management. The more that we get caught up in believing that mass marketing and technology are the sole keys to bringing in new business, the more that we might miss out on basic, time-proven principles that work. When a campground is looking to expand its customer base and occupancy rates, it is fine to put effort into growing your sphere of influence within social media or building your website’s search-engine... Read more

Column: Asking The Important Questions

October 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Evanne Schmarder Do you remember the 1992 vice-presidential debate where Ross Perot’s running mate, Admiral James Stockdale, began his opening statement with “Who am I? Why am I here?” It was an unfortunate turn of phrase, one that was picked up by comics nationwide, and, combined with his debate performance, was the beginning of the end of any political aspirations he may have had. Thud!! When a business owner asks me to review their digital marketing program and provide insight for growth... Read more

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