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Great Smoky Mountain Nat. Park Visits Up 9%

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park entered the fall foliage season with nearly 9% more visitors, year-to-date. Figures released by the National Park Service showed 963,317 people came to the park in September — a 9.2% increase over September 2011,...

South Carolina Cements Tourism Draw Honors

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday (Oct. 17) the state’s $15 billion tourism industry is reaching new levels and garnering worldwide attention despite the troubled economy. Haley stopped by the birthplace of the state, the Charles Towne Landing Historic...

New Park Coming to Va.'s Shenandoah County

Visitors to Virginia’s Shenandoah County will have another lodging option come spring. Diane and David Saville expect to open their new campground on Industrial Park Road in Mount Jackson in late February or early March, Diane Saville told the Northern Virginia...

Sequim Bay Resort to Be Named for 'The Duke'

Plans are under way to revitalize Sequim Bay Resort near Sequim, Wash., into a rustic park that “The Duke” would be proud to visit. Ethan Wayne, president of John Wayne Enterprises and son of iconic movie actor John Wayne, said the RV campsite is changing...

Pa. to Post 'RV Friendly' Signs Along Highways

Pennsylvania will be posting an “RV Friendly” logo along its highways designed to let travelers know which businesses can accommodate their RV. According to a press release, the state recently adopted the popular “RV Friendly” highway sign for use in the state’s local...

RV Park Preps N.D. RVers for Harsh Weather

Spending a North Dakota winter in an RV might sound like a crazy idea, but hundreds of people are about to do it. There are steps that need to be taken immediately to get ready for the cold, KMOT-TV, Minot, N.D., reported. Coates RV in Williston is teaming up with the...

KOA Honoring Lowe for Lifetime Achievement

Don Lowe, CEO of Franchise Services Inc. and a former executive with Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), was honored recently with the Darrell Booth Lifetime Achievement Award by KOA. Both Franchise Services Inc. of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Kampgrounds of America...

RV Housing 'Crisis' in Northwest North Dakota

The Williams County Commission in northwest North Dakota continues to look for solutions to the problem of campers and recreational vehicles parked illegally throughout the county because there is a woeful shortage of RV parks to accommodate oil and gas workers in the...

CalARVC's Occupancy Survey Now Available

The California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) has published its 2011 Statistical Report on campground occupancy. Fifty-eight CalARVC parks submitted at least six occupancy surveys in 2011, according to an association release. In addition to its two...

Pa. Park to Host Major Fireworks Convention

With plenty of open space and a large, fireworks-loving population nearby, Butler County in western Pennsylvania has landed an international fireworks convention that is expected to draw thousands of visitors and pump millions into the economy in August, officials...

CEO Change at Equity LifeStyles is Imminent

A final decision on the management transition at billionaire Sam Zell’s Chicago real-estate investment company Equity International will likely come soon, the property magnate said in an interview Tuesday (Oct. 16) posted on NASDAQ.com. Zell is backing Thomas...