The CampCalNOW RV Park and Campground Alliance is changing its name to the California Outdoor Hospitality Association effective Aug. 1, according to Dyana Kelley, the association’s president and CEO.
“We think this change will better reflect the full scope of our government affairs, education and marketing efforts on behalf of the ever-expanding outdoor hospitality industry, which now includes everything from campgrounds and glamping resorts to RV parks and resorts,” said Kelley, who is also a board member of the California Travel Association (CalTravel).
While California’s outdoor hospitality industry relies on the association to advocate on its behalf at state, federal and local levels, the association also regularly organizes educational seminars to help park operators keep up with changing regulations as well as the best park improvement, management and guest relations practices in the country.
“Our association is a ‘go-to’ resource for both public and independently owned campgrounds, glamping resorts, RV parks and resorts in California,” Kelley said.
The association also hosts one of the largest online listings of privately owned campgrounds in California, which it markets through Camp-California.com, the statewide travel planning website. More than 1,500 parks are listed on the website, many of which are family owned and operated.
The association is also increasingly representing glamping resorts, which feature furnished glamping tents, furnished Airstream trailers and other unique accommodations, which are becoming increasingly popular in California and across the country.
“We’re actually having discussions with the American Glamping Association on ways for their members to gain access to the services and benefits of our association,” Kelley said.
The association representing California’s campgrounds, RV parks and resorts has been around for nearly 50 years. Initially called the California Travel Parks Association, it later changed its name to the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds before changing to CampCalNow RV Park and Campground Alliance in 2019.