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ARVC Gives More Yesawich Details

September 2, 2014 by · Comments Off on ARVC Gives More Yesawich Details 

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Nearly two weeks after announcing that Peter Yesawich will serve as the closing keynote speaker at this year’s Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE), the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC)  offered more details about Yesawich’s presentation.

“Peter Yesawich is one of the nation’s most respected experts on the habits and preferences of American travelers,” said Erica Owens, marketing and events manager for ARVC.

“Peter’s presentation will provide OHCE attendees with results of an ARVC-sponsored survey of U.S. active leisure travelers and outdoor enthusiasts. And this presentation will give attendees fresh insights into the preferences of leisure travelers and outdoor enthusiasts and how to influence their behaviors and capitalize on the latest trends,” Owens said.

OHCE is scheduled for Dec. 2-5 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas featuring a robust selection of 50 education sessions over the course of three days. Education session topics include operations management, marketing, legal issues and risk management, business management, human resources and leadership, and guest satisfaction.

OHCE’s opening keynote session on Tuesday will be presented by David Avrin, an internationally known marketing and branding expert who specializes in showing businesses how to recognize, craft and promote a truly unique and marketable competitive advantage, while building their brand identity. He has been featured on hundreds of broadcast media outlets and is the author of three books, including It’s Not Who You Know, It’s Who Knows You.

For OHCE program and registration information, visit www.arvc.org/OHCE.

ARVC, RVIA Work Together On Park Models

August 20, 2014 by · Comments Off on ARVC, RVIA Work Together On Park Models 

RVIA logoThe National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) are working together to try to educate municipalities across the U.S about the property-tax-exempt status of park model RVs, according to an announcement from ARVC.

The two organizations are also collaborating in an effort to identify states where legislation can be developed specifically to exempt park models from property taxes. Such legislation became law in Utah last year, for example.

                                  “I personally talk to Jeff Sims of ARVC nearly every week,” said Matt Wald, RVIA’s executive director for park model RVs, adding that Dianne Farrell, RVIA’s vice president of government affairs, is also in regular communication with Sims on park-model and other campground issues.

Park models are technically defined as recreational vehicles according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A119.5 standard and a majority of states’ laws. This makes them exempt from property taxes. But the descriptions of park model RVs in the HUD code are not as clear as they could be and not every state clearly defines park models as a type of RV.

As a result, more often than not, local officials have no idea what park models are and usually think they are a form of manufacturing housing, which is not correct.

As a result, Sims and Wald spend a considerable amount of time on the phone each week with municipalities across the country that question whether park models should be subject to property taxes. ARVC maintains that park models should only be taxed as personal property.

In some cases, Sims said he provides park operators with talking points and code sections they can share with city officials to clarify their questions about park models. In others, Sims reaches out to city officials directly to inform them that park models are a type of RV.

Sometimes, however, private park operators bring problems on themselves when they fail to register their park models with their state’s department of motor vehicles (DMV). While they may think they are saving money by avoiding the DMV registration fee, the tactic can backfire on them later if local officials question whether their park model is indeed a type of vehicle and they do not have a DMV registration form to prove that it is.

Private park operators can also create problems for themselves and for the RV and outdoor hospitality industries in general if they allow people to live in park models on a permanent basis.

ARVC and RVIA support the use of park models as seasonal dwellings consistent with recreational vehicles. But when park models are used as permanent housing instead of recreational purposes, it can often raise flags for local taxing authorities who are more likely to want to tax these units as a permanent dwelling rather than an RV.

To help clear up this confusion, RVIA has spent the past eight years trying to persuade Congress to clarify the HUD code to more clearly define park models as a type of RV. But while the Manufactured Housing Institute has supported RVIA’s efforts, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform has opposed changes to the HUD code to clarify that park models are, in fact, recreational vehicles.

Wald said RVIA is undeterred and will continue its efforts to clarify the language in the HUD code involving park model RVs so that the HUD law makes it perfectly clear to local zoning and tax officials that park models are indeed a type of RV, not housing, and should be treated as such. Several campgrounds and state campground associations have already helped advance this effort by contacting their senators and representatives, and more support from the campground industry will be required in the coming year to get the HUD law changed.

By clarifying both the HUD law and state laws regarding park models, the industry groups hope to eliminate the need to constantly explain what park models are and defend their use in private campgrounds.

ARVC Announces OHCE Seminar Topics

August 15, 2014 by · Comments Off on ARVC Announces OHCE Seminar Topics 

Attendees at the 2013 OHCE in Knoxville, Tenn., listen during a session.

Attendees at the 2013 OHCE in Knoxville, Tenn., listen during a session.

The National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) announced what the organization called “a robust education schedule for this year’s Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE).”

The annual event is scheduled for Dec. 2-5 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas featuring 50 education sessions over the course of three days.

“This year’s conference is going to have so much educational content that it’s going to be hard for park operators, managers and employees to leave the conference without having new information and ideas for improving their businesses,”said Erica Owens, ARVC’s marketing and events manager.

Education-session topics include operations management, marketing, legal issues and risk management, business management, human resources and leadership, and guest satisfaction.

Two half-day workshops, “Towers, Routers and Clouds  — Wi-Fi Systems That Work” and “Securing A Business Loan” are also part of the educational content offered at this year’s OHCE.

In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in Successful Park Operations Tours (SPOT). SPOT gives attendees a chance to tour local parks and hospitality operations to give them new ideas to take home.

PrintThe Expo, the other half of OHCE, is a one-stop shop opportunity giving attendees the chance to meet with more than 100 vendors to learn about new industry products and services.

For OHCE program and registration information, go to www.arvc.org/OHCE.

ARVC Announces First OHCE Keynote Speaker

May 14, 2014 by · Comments Off on ARVC Announces First OHCE Keynote Speaker 

arvc_logo_ideas_cmykDavid Avrin, an internationally known marketing and branding expert, will keynote the opening luncheon at the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds’ (ARVC) Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE).

OHCE’s opening luncheon begins at noon Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, according to a written announcement from ARVC, based in Centennial, Colo.

Avrin specializes in showing businesses how to recognize, craft and promote a truly unique and marketable competitive advantage, while building their brand identity. He has been featured on hundreds of broadcast media outlets and is the author of three books, including It’s Not Who You Know, It’s Who Knows You. His latest book, Impossible to Ignore, is due out next year.

“We think David is really going to energize and inspire our members to think differently about how they promote their park’s guest experience while at the same time grow their business,” said Barb Youmans, ARVC’s senior director of membership and education.

Avrin has recently given presentations around the world, including Singapore; Bangkok, Thailand; Melbourne, Australia; Monte Carlo, Monaco; London, England; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and in Dubai.

OHCE is a four-day event Dec. 2-5 that includes 50 seminars, a trade show with more than 100 vendors, a tour of local parks and ARVC’s annual awards program. This year’s OHCE also includes two half-day workshops, one focusing on “Wi-Fi systems,” and the other providing information to help park operators obtain business loans.

For OHCE program and registration information, visit www.arvc.org/OHCE.

ARVC Announces SiriusXM Member Discount

May 13, 2014 by · Comments Off on ARVC Announces SiriusXM Member Discount 

arvc_logo_ideas_cmykThe National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) announced a new benefit for members.

ARVC is now offering discounts on SiriusXM music for businesses, the organization said in a written announcement.

ARVC members can obtain discounts of up to 40% on SiriusXM music subscriptions and equipment for businesses, and choose from either Internet or satellite service options. High-speed Internet service offers 85 channels of SiriusXM music, while 69 channels are available through satellite radio. All of the music is provided on an unlimited basis with no ads or timeouts and the fee includes licensing costs.

The SiriusXM music system also connects easily with campground audio and telephone systems and does not require a technician for installation.

ARVC, based in Centennial, Colo., negotiated the deal through DynamicMedia, a Sterling Heights, Mich.-based company that specializes in designing and implementing business music programs in the U.S.

ARVC Rolls Out Payment Processing Savings

March 11, 2014 by · Comments Off on ARVC Rolls Out Payment Processing Savings 

The National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) announced a new member benefit with payment processing company First Data, a deal which can save private park operators thousands of dollars in credit card processing fees, according to ARVC’s written announcement.

“We think this is going to be a highly sought-after member benefit because First Data will work directly with campground operators to develop a program that best suits their credit and debit processing needs while saving them money,” said Paul Bambei, ARVC’s president and CEO.

First Data is providing ARVC members reduced rates on face-to-face retail transactions, Spend Trend analyses and ATM terminals.

First Data is also offering ARVC members a Platinum Service Package for reduced rates that includes enhanced statements; a customer Spend Trend analysis; 24/7 access to transaction data; alerts; and a tool to offer coupons and discounts to park customers. ATM terminals are also available at a reduced rate.

Based in Atlanta, First Data is a global leader in electronic payment processing.

The company also offers consulting services and other resources to help park operators improve their payment security and risk management.

Based in Denver, Colo., ARVC is a national trade association representing the interests of privately-owned RV parks, resorts and campgrounds. Membership is composed of RV park and campground owners and operators, industry suppliers, franchisers and others committed to promoting the growth and welfare of the RV park and campground sector of the outdoor hospitality industry through development and implementation of legislative, regulatory, educational and promotional programs and activities. Visit arvc.org for more information.

Sun-N-Fun Named ARVC’s Mega Park of Year

November 12, 2013 by · Comments Off on Sun-N-Fun Named ARVC’s Mega Park of Year 

Tim Deputy with ARVC award

Sun-N-Fun Resort and Campground in Sarasota, Fla., was named Mega Park of the Year by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) during its annual hospitality conference held Nov. 5-8 in Knoxville, Tenn. The resort is a flagship property of Carefree RV Resorts, North America’s leading extended stay RV resort brand.

According to a press release, the Mega Park of the Year award is presented annually to RV parks featuring more than 500 campsites and is based on several criteria, including customer service, employee training, operational excellence, national directory ratings and community service. This is the third win for Sun-N-Fun which also received the award in 2008 and 2010.

“We are very excited to receive this award. To be selected as ‘Mega Park of the Year’ is a true honor,” said Tim Deputy, Sun-N-Fun’s general manager and a vice president of Carefree. “It means so much to me and to the entire Sun-N-Fun team to have industry peers select us for this extraordinary recognition.”

Sun-N-Fun Resort and Campground has welcomed campers since 1967 and was acquired by Carefree Communities earlier this year. With 1,500 sites located on 177 acres on the east side of Sarasota, Sun-N-Fun provides a high standard of recreational facilities with an active, community-based lifestyle. The resort offers options for RV site rentals as well as park model rentals and sales.

Colleen Edwards, Carefree’s president, said, “Carefree’s strategy is to own and operate destination RV resorts in prime North American markets that offer a ‘leisure resort lifestyle’, exceptional service, and a cohesive sense of community for our customers and residents. Tim Deputy and his Sun-N-Fun team are a shining example of the culture Carefree aspires to extend throughout our company and in our communities. We are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication it took for Sun-N-Fun to earn ARVC’s Mega Park of the Year award.”

Carefree Communities Inc. is a private REIT which owns and operates 66 destination RV parks and senior MH communities with over 19,000 sites.

27 ‘A’ Grade Parks Honored at ARVC Confab

November 12, 2013 by · Comments Off on 27 ‘A’ Grade Parks Honored at ARVC Confab 

Twenty-seven campgrounds, RV parks and resorts earned all-around “A” grades in the sixth annual consumer satisfaction survey of campgrounds, RV parks and resorts.

According to a press release, the top parks were announced last week during the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds’ (ARVC) annual Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo, which took place at the Knoxville Convention Center.

More than 30,000 camping and RV enthusiasts participated in the online survey, which evaluated guest experiences at more than 3,000 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts that are affiliated with ARVC campgrounds.

“Consistently earning an overall ‘A’ grade from guests is difficult, and our 27 winners this year represent less than 2% of all of the nation’s campgrounds. But what is even more impressive is that four of this year’s winners have also received this award for six years in a row,” said Bob MacKinnon, president and CEO of GuestReviews.com, the Murrieta, Calif.-based company that conducted the online survey on behalf of ARVC.

“Consumers should take the time to check out the ratings that are posted for each campground on GoCampingAmerica.com because it is the quickest way to tell which parks are best meeting – and exceeding – guest expectations,” said Paul Bambei, ARVC’s president and CEO.

The 27 parks earning “A” grades this year are listed below. They include:

• Anaheim Resort RV Park, Anaheim, Calif., a three-time “A” grade winner, www.anaheimresortrvpark.com.

• Ashland Resort, Northfork, W. Va., a four-time “A” grade winner, www.atvresort.com.

• AtRivers Edge RV Resort, Brookings, Ore., a first-time “A” grade winner, http://www.atriversedge.com.

• Beaver Dam Campground, Berwick, Maine., a second-time “A” grade winner, www.beaverdamcampground.com.

• Camp A Way, Lincoln, Neb., a third-time “A” grade winner, www.campaway.com.

• Cherry Hill Park, College Park, Md., a five-time “A” grade winner, www.cherryhillpark.com.

• D & W Lake Camping and RV Park, Champaign, Ill., a four-time “A” grade winner, www.dwlake.com.

• Far Horizons 49er Village RV Resort, Plymouth, Calif., a second-time “A” grade winner, www.49ervillage.com.

• Kalyumet Camping & Cabins, Lucinda, Pa., a three-time “A” grade winner, www.kalyumet.com.

• Lake George RV Park, Lake George, N.Y., a six-time “A” grade winner, www.lakegeorgervpark.com.

• Las Vegas RV Resort, Las Vegas, Nev., a four-time “A” grade winner, www.lasvegasrvresort.com.

• Leaf Verde RV Resort, Buckeye, Ariz., a first-time “A” grade winner, www.leafverde.com.

• Meadowcliff Lodge & RV Resort, Coleville, Calif., a five-time “A” grade winner, www.meadowcliff.com.

• Mill Creek Ranch RV Resort, Canton, Texas, a five-time “A” grade winner, www.millcreekranchresort.com.

• Misty River Cabins & RV Resort, Walland, Tenn., a six-time “A” grade winner, www.mistyriverrv.com.

• Moose River Campground, Saint Johnsbury, Vt., a three-time “A” grade winner, www.mooserivercampground.com.

• Mountain Vista Campground, East Stroudsburg, Pa., a five-time “A” grade winner, www.mtnvistacampground.com.

• Pioneer Campground, Laporte, Pa., a six-time “A” grade winner, www.pioneercampground.com.

• Pismo Coast Village RV Resort, Pismo Beach, Calif., a four-time “A” grade winner, www.pismocoastvillage.com.

• Red Apple Campground, Kennebunkport, Me., a five-time “A” grade winner, www.redapplecampground.com.

• Rivers Edge Campground, Connellsville, Pa., a second-time “A” grade winner, www.campriversedge.com.

• Shadow Hills RV Resort, Indio, Calif., a second-time “A” grade winner, www.shadowhillsrvresort.com.

• The Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Golf Course, Borrego Springs, Calif., a four-time “A” grade winner, www.springsatborrego.com.

• The Vineyards Campground & Cabins, Grapevine, Texas, a six-time “A” grade winner, www.vineyardscampground.com.

• Wine Country RV Resort, Paso Robles, Calif., a second-time “A” grade winner, www.winecountryrvresort.com.

• Wishon Village RV Park, Shaver Lake, Calif., a three-time “A” grade winner, www.wishonvillage.com.

• Yellowstone Holiday Campground, West Yellowstone, Mont., a three-time “A” grade winner, www.yellowstoneholiday.com.

 

 

ARVC Promotes Member Benefits/Conference

September 10, 2013 by · Comments Off on ARVC Promotes Member Benefits/Conference 

ARVC touts upcoming conference in Knoxville, Tenn.

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) has launched a member benefit program with New Holland Agriculture that can save park operators significantly on purchases of tractors, backhoes and other utility vehicles.

“ARVC membership can now save park operators thousands of dollars whenever they purchase a tractor, backhoe or other type of maintenance or materials handling vehicle from New Holland,” said Paul Bambei, ARVC’s president and CEO.

ARVC created the new member benefit program with New Holland in direct response to feedback the association has received from members who have lauded the performance and reliability of New Holland equipment.

Based in New Holland, Pa., New Holland Agriculture sells agricultural tractors, compact tractors, attachments and loaders for compact tractors, backhoes, Rustler utility vehicles as well as skid steers and materials handling equipment.

To receive special pricing, purchasers need to belong to the national association. ARVC members are encouraged to notify their New Holland dealer and indicate that they are an ARVC member and are eligible for a major account discount.

OHCE Regular Registration Deadline Approaching

This November is your chance to join hundreds of your fellow park owners and operators at the Knoxville Convention Center for the premier event of the RV park and campground industry.

This year’s Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE) regular registration deadline is Sept. 30. Register online at arvc.org/OHCE by that date and save $100 over the late registration.

Regular registration includes 35 educational seminars, all of which are Outdoor Hospitality Education Program-approved, attendance to the trade show and expo, keynote address, annual membership meeting and breakfast, the Awards of Excellence Dinner with a live performance from country music artist Rob Baird, and much more.

For the latest updates and additional information, visit the ARVC conference website at www.arvc.org/OHCE.

 

 

ARVC Offers Members Savings on Equipment

July 24, 2013 by · Comments Off on ARVC Offers Members Savings on Equipment 

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) has launched a member benefit program with New Holland Agriculture that can save park operators up to 40% on purchases of tractors, backhoes and other utility vehicles.

“ARVC membership can now save park operators thousands of dollars whenever they purchase a tractor, backhoe or other type of maintenance or materials handling vehicle from New Holland,” said Paul Bambei, ARVC’s president and CEO, in a press release.

ARVC created the new member benefit program with New Holland in direct response to feedback the association has received from members who have recommended the performance and reliability of New Holland equipment.

Based in New Holland, Penn., New Holland Agriculture sells agricultural tractors, compact tractors, attachments and loaders for compact tactors, backhoes, Rustler utility vehicles as well as skid steers and materials handling equipment.

To receive special pricing, ARVC members are encouraged to notify their New Holland dealer and indicate that they are an ARVC member and are eligible for a major account discount.

Based in Denver, Colo., the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds is the only national trade association exclusively representing the interests of privately-owned RV parks, resorts and campgrounds.

Click here for more information.

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