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Smoky Mountains Tourism Hit by Shutdown

The closure of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the federal shutdown cost the region $33 million in lost tourism, according to an analysis released Friday. The News-Observer, Charlotte, N.C., reported that the study looked at visitor spending in 18 North...

Rob Smith Employs Arlington as Consultant

Florida resort owner and broker specialist Rob Smith is transforming his three Florida retirement resort communities and his Fortune Real Estate company, according to a press release. To help with the initiative Smith reported he has brought in Mary Arlington, a...

Webinar to Cover Optimizing SEO Strategies

RV business owners interested in using simple, cost-effective SEO strategies to stay ahead of competitors may register now for RV Camping Connect’s free webinar, “SEO Uncovered: Seven Secrets Every Business Must Know to Legally Steal Floods of Free Google Traffic from...

New Vision Sought for California State Parks

California’s state parks are mostly identified with long walks in the redwoods, camping under the stars and beachcombing. But as the state’s population evolves — in color, age and recreational tastes — so too must its parks, say those developing a new vision for the...

Sense of Pride Fuels Campground Operators

It’s not entirely the money that keeps family campgrounds in business, according to Barb Krumm, president of the Carolina Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. “How often do you meet the people in the hotel room next to you? Do you even want to? In a...

Ocean Parks Offer Affordable Coastal Living

Hard times have depleted their numbers as condominiums take the place of tents and RVs. But, according to a report in the Star News, Wilmington, N.C., the ones that have survived remain havens for campers looking to find the peaceful quiet that comes with life by the...

Suit for Flood Victims at Ark. Park Reviewed

A Texarkana federal judge has handed the Arkansas Supreme Court a question about state law which will determine how lawsuits by families of the victims of a June, 2010, flood which killed 20 people in the Albert Pike Campground of Montgomery County will proceed. The...

Washington Weighs on Consumer Sentiment

U.S. consumer sentiment deteriorated in October to its weakest level in nine months as the first federal government shutdown in 17 years undermined Americans’ outlook on the economy, a survey released on Friday (Oct. 11) showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of...

Utah Makes Deal; Will Reopen National Parks

Leaders in Utah say they found a way to get around the government shutdown. As reported by CNN, Utah will reopen its five national parks by Saturday (Oct. 11), as well as three other nationally run locations. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert made the announcement Thursday,...

Jeff Hirsch Gives $10K to RV Learning Center

RVDA Chairman Jeff Hirsch of Campers Inn of Kingston, Kingston, N.H., wrote a check for $10,000 to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center during the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas. According to a press release, Hirsch’s contribution kicks off the...

NH Campgrounds on Federal Land are Closed

Instead of going leaf peeping, campers kicked out of New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest because of the federal government shutdown are trying to spot “Vacancy” signs at private and state campgrounds as the Columbus Day weekend gets...