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Kemmerer Named Director of Pa. State Parks

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan announced on Oct. 19 that he is appointing a 38-year veteran of the state park system to lead the Bureau of State Parks. David L. Kemmerer, who has risen through the management ranks and has...

Ontario Campground Closings Raise Some Ire

The recent announcement that nine parks in Northern Ontario will be closed for camping has struck a nerve. Within days of the early October announcement, a groundswell of opposition has been brewing across the Northeast, where eight of the parks are located, Northern...

Tourism Drop Linked to Economic Downturn

Recent visitation statistics released by the U.S. Department of Interior already noted the significant decrease in national park visitation — dropping nearly 10 million since 1998 to 278 million visitors in 2011 — but this is the first study to link the drop to a bad...

Minnesota's Jay Cooke State Park to Reopen

More than four months after historic floods severely damaged highway access to Jay Cooke State Park near Carlton, Minn., it will reopen to the public at 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, says the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Camping will resume and interpretive...

Towable RV Sales Rose 5.4% in August

Retail sales of towable RVs rose 5.4% in August over August 2011, Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) has reported, and stood at 8% ahead year-to-date heading into the final third of the year. Travel trailer sales were up 8% in August and 11.2% year-to-date, while...

Bikers Filling Daytona Beach Campgrounds

Biketoberfest has arrived in Daytona Beach, Fla., and so have thousands of bikers from around the country. And, they brought their wallets. Some hotels and campgrounds are already booked for the event, which rolls Thursday through Sunday, and area shops and...

RV Park Wins Battle with County…for Now

The Lake Adventure Community Association (LACA) near Milford, Pa., won the right to place one-piece, 12-foot-wide recreational vehicles on lots in the community, following its successful lawsuit against Dingman Township. The township plans to appeal the ruling, saying...

Report: Alberta RV Park Promotion Fraudulent

A scheme to build recreational parks and facilities that raised $2.9 million from investors was in fact fraud, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) has determined. In a decision released Wednesday (Oct. 17), an ASC panel ruled that Calgary-based Blue Sky Resorts...

Delaware North Cos. Leaders Shifting Roles

Delaware North Cos. is shuffling its leadership ranks, led by the move of Rick Abramson, the head of the Buffalo-based company’s concessions business, to the top spot at its parks and resorts unit, the Buffalo News reported. Abramson, who has been president of...

Go RVing to Get NFL/NCAA Gridiron Airtime

This weekend is the kickoff of Go RVing’s partnerships with the NFL Network and CBS Sports to bring the Go RVing message into the livingrooms of thousands of NFL and college football fans. Recognizing that RV tailgating is integral to the football experience, both...

Outlook Breakfast Opens 50th Louisville Show

“Outlook 2013 : A Golden Opportunity” will kick off the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 50th National RV Trade Show on Tuesday, Nov. 27, with an informative, entertaining program that honors the rich heritage of the industry’s premiere...

Heneghan to Leave ELS; Nader Moving Up

Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. (ELS) said Thursday Oct. 18) that its CEO, Thomas Heneghan, has accepted an offer to become CEO of Equity International effective in February 2013, and thus will resign as CEO of the company effective Feb. 1. Marguerite Nader, the...