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Mich. ARVC Readying For Conference & Expo

February 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

For most Michiganders, the first signs of spring are grass poking through melting snow, robins looking for nesting material and fishing shanties breaking through thin ice. For Michigan campground owners, the first sign that spring is just around the corner is the annual Conference & Expo, hosted by the Michigan Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC Michigan). Set for March 18-20 at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, the Conference & Expo is the association’s... Read more

KOA’s Camping Report Wins 2018 Sabre Award

Kampgrounds of America’s (KOA) innovative North American Camping Report was recognized as the Best Use of Measurement & Post Campaign Analysis recently during the 2018 North American In2 Innovation Sabre Awards. The awards ceremony was held February 13 in New York, N.Y. The In2 Innovation Sabre Awards recognize superior achievement in branding, reputation and engagement, and attracts more than 2,000 entries from across North America each year, according to a press release. The KOA/Allison... Read more

Friends & Colleagues Salute Fore’s Retirement

February 21, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Gregg Fore addresses attendees at his retirement party. A crowd of friends, family and colleagues gathered last night (Feb. 20) at the Elcona Country Club in Bristol, Ind., to celebrate the official retirement of industry executive Gregg Fore, who stepped down as president of Elkhart supplier Dicor Corp. at the end of 2017, a little more than a year after he and his partners sold their interest in the firm to Wichita, Kan.-based Airxcel Inc. Fore spent almost 20 years with Coachmen Industries Inc.... Read more

Ariz.’s Orchard Ranch Undergoes Big Expansion

February 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Future home of the Orchard Ranch Resort North. Orchard Ranch Resort in Prescott, Ariz., is set to expand, according to Ben Williams, general manager of the resort. Owned by ATI Properties, a real estate development firm based in Tempe, Ariz., currently the resort features 633 sites for RVs, manufactured homes and park models. The expansion will sit on 37 acres to the north of the current resort and be called Orchard Ranch Resort North. Williams told Woodall’s Campground Management that the... Read more

Changes Could Affect How Public Lands Managed

February 16, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is moving forward with a plan to relocate thousands of federal employees across the country as part a major reorganization that aims to put the department’s resources closer to the national parks and other public lands that it manages. The department has included $18 million for the reorganization in the budget request that it sent to Congress on Monday (Feb. 13), according to U.S. Today. The proposal will be forwarded in the next... Read more

Report: Outdoor Rec Named As GDP Contributor

The recently formed Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) today (Feb. 14) applauded the release of the first-ever government report recognizing the outdoor recreation industry as a significant economic contributor to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The report, released by the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) — the government agency responsible for reporting U.S. GDP — calculated the outdoor recreation industry’s annual gross output to be $673 billion, surpassing... Read more

Budget Highlights $11.6B In Maintenance Needs

President Donald Trump has proposed a $2.7 billion budget for the National Park Service (NPS) in fiscal year (FY) 2019, which includes legislation to establish a Public Lands Infrastructure Fund that would help address the $11.6 billion maintenance backlog in the National Park System. The fund would take new revenue from federal energy leasing and development, and provide up to $18 billion to help pay for repairs and improvements in national parks, national wildlife refuges and Bureau of Indian Education... Read more

Bear Cove Village Joins Jellystone Parks Network

Bear Cove Village is joining the Jellystone network. Bear Cove Village has become the third campground in the Tennessee market to join the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort network and will be rebranded the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg “I signed the papers last week,” said park owner Heather Blankenship, who spent five days attending Leisure Systems Inc.’s (LSI) Certification and Management Program (C.A.M.P.), a specialized training session for new and existing... Read more

KOA Care Camps Surpasses $12M In Donations

February 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a big year for Kampgrounds of America’s (KOA) Care Camps in 2017, as the organization passed the $12 million mark in the amount of money raised since the program was started in 1984. Focused on providing children diagnosed with cancer an opportunity to attend camp, Wade Elliott, KOA Care Camps chairman, told Woodall’s Campground Management that in 2017 the organization was able to financially support more than 42,000 children and disbursed more than $1.1 million in operating and capital... Read more

NJCOA Host Annual MAC Conference March 12-14

February 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Campground owners take the opportunity to meet with representatives at the trade show. Campground owners and managers along the Mid-Atlantic Coastal states region can “Focus on the Future” when they attend the 27th Annual Mid-Atlantic Coastal States Campground Conference and Trade Show (MAC), March 12-14 in Dover, Del., at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, held by the New Jersey Campground Owners Association (NJCOA). Joann DelVescio, executive director of NJCOA and the MAC event... Read more

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