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Contact Information: Editorial Sherman Goldenberg, Publisher: [email protected] Office: (574) 457-3370 Mobile: (574) 457-6637 Fax: (574) 457-8295 Justin Leighty, Editor: [email protected] Mobile: (574) 370-5052 Fax: (574) 266-7984 Rick Kessler, Managing Editor [email protected] (734) 777-6830 Jeff Crider, Senior Editor: [email protected] (760) 469-5905 Bob Ashley, Editor at Large: [email protected] (765) 675-4106 Publisher: Sherman Goldenberg Editorial Director: Bruce Hampson G& M E D I A GROUP All general correspondence, circulation and display and classified sales inquiries may be directed to the following: Woodall’s Campground Management, C/O Beverly Gardner & Associates Inc. 2901 E. Bristol St., Elkhart, IN 46514, Email: [email protected] PUBLISHER’S CORNER By Sherman Goldenberg In reviewing the year’s top stories, there’s really no question that the biggest news in the RV and campground sector in 2016 was the ongoingstrengthofthemarketplace—atrendthatseemstoreflecta growing preference among the continent’s Boomers, GenXers and Millennialsforcampingexperiencesintheoutofdoors. Now, I realize this may sound a little redundant — we’ve been chroniclingthissametrendforawhilethroughthereportsoforgan- izations like Kampgrounds of America Inc.(KOA), Leisure Systems Inc. and Cruise Inn as well as publicly held companies such as Sun Communities Inc. and Equity LifeStyle Properties LLC as well as state and national trade associations including the NationalAssoci- ationofRVParksandCampgrounds(ARVC). While their year-end reports weren’t available when WCM went to press, the relative growth of many park operations has been sensational in many cases — just as they are for the recreational vehiclearena,whichthisfallwasgenerating40-year-highwholesaleshipmentnumbers. Amongtheothertopstoriesof2016: •Themid-DecemberannouncementthattheRecreationVehicleIndustryAssociation(RVIA)and a host of 13 other outdoor industry associations had joined forces to create an Outdoor Recreation IndustryRoundtabletopromoteAmericanoutdoorrecreationasawholeintheTrumpera. • The $1.68 billion acquisition of Carefree Communities Inc. by Sun Communities, which was posting3Qrevenuesup35%to$249.7millioninthewakeofthesale. •VeteranKOAexecutivePattHittmeier'snewroleaspresidentandCEOofKOAfollowingtheJan. 1retirementoflegendarycasino-and-campgroundiconJimRogers. •ThereleaseofaneconomicimpactstatementbyRVIAindicatingthattheRVindustry—including parks—annuallyinjectsnearly$50billionintotheU.S.economy.Atthesametime,PresidentObama signed in mid-December an OutdoorRECActendorsed by RVIA, ARVC and the RecreationVehicle DealersAssociation(RVDA)tofurtheranalyzeandreportonthedomesticeconomicimpactofout- doorrecreationinitsentirety. •Relevantanniversaries,fromthe50thofARVCandCampingWorldInc.tothe100thbirthdayof theNationalParkServiceandtheU.S.ForestService’sfirstcampground. •Thecontinuedemergenceofthe“tinyhouse”movementacrossthecountry,aturnofeventsthat oftentendstoobscurethedefinitions—notalwaysinagoodway—betweenRVsandhousing. • Some 1,760 Canadian campgrounds received welcome news in December when they learned that government officials are recommending the reversal of the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) decisiontorescindthesmallbusinesstaxdeductionforprivatecampgrounds. WCM The Year’s Top News Story: A Resilient Market