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New Brunswick Looks Into Campground Levy

New Brunswick, Canada, tourists could soon be paying a new 3% levy to stay in the province’s campgrounds, hotels and motels. CBC News reported that the Department of Tourism says no final decision has been made on a new levy but industry officials say the proposal...

Vendors Report Stronger Sales at TACO Show

Several vendors attending the Texas Association of Campground Owners’ (TACO) Spring Meeting reported strong sales leads and higher sales figures than last year, which they said could signal a strengthening economy, according to a news release. “It was a good show....

Good Sam Buys RV.com Domain; Aug. Launch

Good Sam, the world’s leading provider of products and services for the RV and outdoor recreation consumer, has announced that it has purchased the RV.com domain name from Dometic Group. RV.com, the most recognizable URL in the RV industry, will be used by Good Sam to...

Texas Parks Honored at TACO Spring Meeting

The Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) announced the winners of its annual awards competition at its Spring Meeting at Guadalupe River RV Resort in Kerrville. “We had more entries this year than we ever have before,” said Brian Schaeffer, TACO’s executive...

Interior Secretary Jewell True Outdoorswoman

Sally Jewell bounded up a granite boulder near the peak of Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park and turned back to her hiking companion, who was staring up at the smooth rock that offered no obvious hand- or footholds. “Trust your feet,” she said. That...

Missouri State Parks Promoting 'Learn2 Camp'

For the second year, Missouri State Parks is teaming up with The North Face’s Explore Your Parks Program to teach families how to have an enjoyable and safe camping experience with its Learn2 Camp program. The program provides expert answers and guidance to families...

Editorial: States Running Corps Campgrounds

Editor’s Note: The following editorial appeared in the Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune. North Dakotans get good use out of parks and campgrounds in the state. On a summer weekend, many of these outdoor recreation facilities are well used for fishing, water sports,...

RVIA Holds 1st Park Model Standards Meeting

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) held its first standards technical subcommittee meeting on the ANSI A119.5 Standard and handbook on April 16 in South Bend, Ind. The subcommittee, chaired by John Walters of Cavco Industries Inc., is made up of...

Cabin Offer Promoting a San Diego Staycation

Editor’s Note: Writing on LinkedIn, Johnathan Skinner, director of park and recreation at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in the Greater San Diego area, explained that the park department was contacted by a local reporter that wanted to review the...

Suit Filed Over Yosemite Hantavirus Outbreak

A multi-million dollar lawsuit has been filed over the hantavirus outbreak inside Yosemite National Park last year, KFSN-TV, Fresno, Calif., reported. The first court date is set for May 30. The lawsuit alleges Cathy Carrillo of Chino, Calif., contracted the virus...

Herzogs Take RV Story to Midwest, Southeast

Brad and Amy Herzog, spokespersons for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), will hit the road to put a friendly face on the the RV lifestyle in local media markets for a 14th straight year. This year’s two-month media tour has the Herzogs traveling to...

A 'Big Man on Campgrounds' Sheds 120 Lbs.

Brian Schaeffer has a larger than life presence in the Texas campground business, having served as executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) for nearly two decades. With the help of his wife, Debra, Schaeffer has helped TACO grow...