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KOA Franchisees to Get Matching Dollars

All 460 campgrounds in the Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) system throughout North America will be eligible for matching marketing funds in 2009 to raise KOA’s profile in local markets, according to a KOA news release. “Each year for the past six years,...

Florida RV Parks Get Upgrades

The economy may be mired in recession, but that hasn’t stopped three Florida entrepreneurs from investing millions of dollars in new and upgraded RV resorts. Bill Harvey spent $15 million on the 512-site Silver Palms RV Village in Okeechobee, the first phase of which...

Parks Move Ahead with Improvements

Private campgrounds and RV resorts are collectively moving ahead with plans to spend millions of dollars in capital improvement projects this year, despite the recession, according to private park operators and industry officials. “The recession is temporary, and most...

Crider Hired to Promote California Camping

Camp-California Marketing has signed a $10,000 contract with writer Jeff Crider of Crider Public Relations to promote camping in the state. The program launched on March 9 with the first of almost 20 press releases sent to over 600 media contacts throughout...

KOA Franchisees to Get Matching Dollars

All 460 campgrounds in the Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) system throughout North America will be eligible for matching marketing funds in 2009 to raise KOA’s profile in local markets, according to a KOA news release. “Each year for the past six years,...

Md. Parks Clamp Down on Alcohol Use

Maryland state park managers are cracking down on alcohol consumption, The Associated Press reported. The Department of Natural Resources says it is phasing in rules that will prohibit alcohol consumption this spring and summer except in campgrounds, shelters and...

Consultant Sees Rewards in RV Business

After about two years working with the recreational vehicle industry, gaining contacts and experience, marketing firm Kidd Group, based in Tallahassee, Fla., decided it was time for the launch of a new division. Kidd RV Resort Consulting officially launched in...

Louisiana Association Growing

The 5th Annual Louisiana Campground Owners Association (LCOA) Convention March 10 at the Paragon Classic Casino in Marksville, La., attracted 45 people representing 30 campgrounds. Membership growth the past few years is spurring the association to expand its annual...

Texas Park Use ‘Brisk’ Over Spring Break

Money-conscious central Texas students and their families are flocking to area state and county park campgrounds and lakes during spring break this year, according to the Austin Statesman. Reservations are coming in at brisk pace at the Texas Parks and Wildlife...

NY State Park Camping Reservations Up 6%

Despite the fact that the state of New York has closed some parks to save money, reservations for camping this summer are up 6%, the department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation reported last week. Commissioner Carol Ash noted that already there are...

Missouri Speedway Adds RV Park

The Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., has added a 50-site RV campground for race fans this year. Located just south of the pits, the new campground sits on nearly 80 acres and overlooks a four-acre lake that will be stocked with fish. Beyond the lake are 40-plus...

Florida Fire Ravages 10,000 Acres

Authorities say a wildfire in the Ocala National Forest in north Florida is about 85% contained, according to wdbo.com, Orlando. According to a news release, the fire has burned about 10,000 acres (15½ square miles) since it started last week at an unattended...