ARVC is pleased to announce the publication of its annual Buyers Guide. The 2012 edition is presented in full color from cover to cover and for the first time will be available in both printed and online versions, allowing ARVC staff to keep a dynamic e-version updated on www.arvc.org throughout the year as products change and new partners are added.

The Buyers Guide profiles the many members of the arvc Supplier Council, Member Benefit Providers and Preferred Providers Evergreen Insurance USA and Skyline Homes.

According to President Paul Bambei, ARVC’s suppliers, member benefit providers and preferred providers are true partners. “In the ARVC Voice e-magazine we’ve created special sections in each month’s issue to recognize our supplier partners, we’ve recently lowered our own Expo trade show booth fees and negotiated an improved contract with our new show decorator/transport company, Shepard Exposition Services, to reduce shipping and drayage costs for our exhibitors by approximately 40 percent. Additionally, we’ve made a concerted effort to ensure our suppliers know they are eligible for all the member benefit services we provide as an association. For example, if they wish to take advantage of our new Ford Motor Co. friends and family discount plan, purchase a Club Car golf cart or Sherwin Williams paint using the supplier pricing, they certainly can,” Bambei remarked.

Industry vendors wishing to work with ARVC and their membership may contact Derek Dick, ARVC membership manager, at (303) 681-0414 or [email protected]

ARVC Partners with Tengo Internet to Host Wi-Fi Webinar

ARVC and TengoInternet will host a live webinar titled “Wireless Trends” on Wednesday, May 30, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time. This online session is designed to help park owners and operators understand how technology is changing, the ever-evolving tech expectations of guests and the impact this has on customer service.

The webinar is available to arvc members and non-members alike with registration fees running $25 and $100, respectively. Details are available at www.arvc.org and questions may be directed to Barb Youmans, ARVC’s senior director of membership and education, at (303) 681-0414 or [email protected]

House and Senate Move to Conference Committee on Transportation Reauthorization

On April 18, the House of Representatives voted 293-127 to extend the surface transportation authorization until Sept. 30, and then subsequently agreed by unanimous consent to go to a conference committee with the Senate. Earlier this year, the Senate passed a surface transportation reauthorization bill by a bipartisan vote of 74 to 22. The House-Senate Conference Committee was scheduled to meet on May 8.

The key takeaway from this most recent House action is that Congress may actually pass a transportation reauthorization bill this year and send it to the president for his signature. ARVC is primarily interested in maintaining support for the Scenic Byways Program and otherwise encouraging the construction and maintenance of roads and highways that are crucial to a healthy travel and tourism industry.

ARVC Vocal on Pool/Spa ADA Requirements

ARVC has joined forces with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the American Resort Development Association, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, the National Apartment Association, the National Multi Housing Council, The Real Estate Roundtable and the World Water Park Association on the ADA Requirements for Pools and Spas.

The association called on the Department of Justice to revisit and revise its Jan. 31 guidance. arvc noted that the department had failed to consider the financial burden permanent pool lift requirements would place on our members, not only for the equipment itself but also for the required electrical bonding under the National Electrical Code and for the reconstruction of pool decks.

The Department of Justice is considering nearly 1,400 comments that were submitted on the topic of extending the compliance date for 180 days, which leads us to believe the extension may be attainable. However, many advocacy groups for the disabled have argued that the compliance date should not be extended at all. Meanwhile, arvc and other organizations are continuing to argue that the Justice Department should not require fixed pool lifts and that portable pool lifts should be compliant.